San Jose SaberCats Bring Back David Hyland, Add Two Rookie Lineman

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats announced that they have been assigned defensive back David Hyland as well as offensive lineman Dionte Savage and Nick Embernate.

“David has been a valuable player on our team and a big part of our success last year and we are pleased to have him back,” said owner and head coach Darren Arbet. “It is also important to have depth on your offensive line and adding young talent like Dionte and Nick will help us as well.”

Hyland (6-feet, 200 pounds) started 15 games for the SaberCats last season recording 95 total tackles (76 solo), five interceptions, 12 pass breakups and five fumble recoveries. Hyland was named Defensive Player of the Game and Playmaker of the Game at ArenaBowl XXVIII with five tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He was also awarded the AFL Al Lucas Pulse Hero Award for his work in the community.

In 2014, Hyland recorded 36.5 total tackles three interceptions and five pass breakups in eight games as a member of SaberCats. He spend the 2012 and 2013 season as a member of the Utah Blaze.

Hyland began his AFL career with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz in 2010, where he had 76.5 tackles, eight interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a rookie. The Morehead State Eagle earned First Team All-PFL three times and set a FCS record with 61 pass break ups and a school record with 21 career interceptions.
Savage (6-foot-5, 335 pounds) joins the SaberCats as a rookie out of Oklahoma. Savage started at guard for the Sooners over the past two seasons, earning Big-12 Honorable Mention. Prior to Oklahoma, he played at Arizona Western College, where he earned Second Team All-American honors. Savage spend time with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent earlier this season.

Embernate (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) also joins the SaberCats as a rookie. A three year starter at guard for San Diego State, he earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2012. Embernate signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and spent time with the Toronto Argnoauts of the CFL earlier this year.

Press Release Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

Raiders Sign WR Marcus Thigpen

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed WR Marcus Thigpen, the club announced Wednesday.

Thigpen joins the Raiders following stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Eagles in 2009.

For his career, Thigpen has played in 45 games – 32 of which were with the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013. He split time in 2014 with the Buccaneers and the Bills and began 2015 playing the first four weeks with Buffalo. His career totals include 92 kickoff returns for 2,224 yards (24.2 avg.) and one touchdown and 85 punt returns for 847 yards (10.0 avg.) and two touchdowns. As a receiver, Thigpen has totaled nine receptions for 112 yards (12.4 avg.) and one touchdown.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder played four seasons at Indiana, finishing second in school and fifth in Big Ten history with 2,009 career kickoff return yards. He also finished third in school history with 4,658 career all-purpose yards and tied for eighth with 21 career touchdowns. The Detroit, Mich., native became the first player in school history with over 1,000 rushing yards (1,621), receiving yards (1,028) and kickoff return yards (2,009).
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