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San Jose SaberCats Gray, Meyer, and Ranglin Earn 2015 All-Arena Offensive Team Honors

All photos by Shawn Jonas

Three San Jose SaberCats earned 2015 All-Arena Offensive Team honors the league announced today. Of the eighteen players honored, wide receiver Reggie Gray was named to the 1st Team All-Arena Offense after leading the AFL in total touchdowns (47) and receptions (162).

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Additionally, offensive lineman Rich Ranglin earned 2nd Team All-Arena honors, hauling in a career-high six touchdown receptions this season. Quarterback Erik Meyer also earned 2nd Team All-Arena honors throwing for 4,057 yards and 93 touchdowns with just six interceptions this season.

First Team All-Arena Offense
Second Team All-Arena Offense
QB Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
FB Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
WR Reggie Gray, San Jose
WR Donovan Morgan, LA
WR Anthony Jones, Jacksonville
C Shannon Breen, Philadelphia
OL Moqut Ruffins, Jacksonville
OL Adam Smith, Philadelphia
K Tommy Frevert, Philadelphia
QB Erik Meyer, San Jose
FB Tommy Taggart, Philadelphia
WR Rod Windsor, Arizona
WR Joe Hills, Jacksonville
WR Marco Thomas, Philadelphia
C John Collins, Portland
OL Rich Ranglin, San Jose
OL Patrick Afif, Spokane
K Mark Lewis, Orlando

Press Release Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

AFL Announces All-Arena Defensive Team

Photos by Shawn Jonas

LAS VEGAS – Eighteen players earned 2015 First and Second Team All-Arena Defense honors, the AFL Office announced today.

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Headlining the First Team All-Arena squad at defensive end were Joe Sykes, who set new single-season AFL records with 18.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles as a member of the Jacksonville Sharks, and James Ruffin, who logged double-digit sacks (11) for the second consecutive year with the Spokane Shock. San Jose SaberCats nose guard Jason Stewart earned First Team recognition as well after leading all AFL middle men with 10 sacks on the season.

First Team All-Arena Mac linebacker honors went to Tyre Glasper of the Arizona Rattlers, who finished his 2015 campaign with a franchise record 11.5 sacks, while the First Team Jack linebacker was Alvin Ray Jackson of the Jacksonville Sharks, who led all Jacks with 11 takeaways on the year.

Jeremy Kellem of the Arizona Rattlers, James Romain of the Philadelphia Soul and Greg Reid of the Jacksonville Sharks were selected First Team All-Arena defensive backs. Kellem led the League with 14 interceptions, while Romain tallied a career-high 10 picks on the year. Reid led all AFL rookies with nine interceptions and 21 pass breakups. Portland Thunder wide receiver Duane Brooks also earned First Team All-Arena honors as a kick return specialist. Brooks led the League with 1,994 kickoff return yards and an AFL record eight kickoff return touchdowns in 2015.

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Nine more players earned Second Team honors, including: defensive ends Mike McAdoo of the Arizona Rattlers and Bryan Robinson of the Philadelphia Soul; Cleveland Gladiators nose guard Willie McGinnis; San Jose SaberCats Mac linebacker Francis Maka; Orlando Predators Jack linebacker Terence Moore; defensive backs Ken Fontenette of the San Jose SaberCats, James Harrell of the Tampa Bay Storm and Rayshaun Kizer of the LA KISS; and kick return specialist Brandon Thompkins of the Orlando Predators.

First Team All-Arena Defense
Second Team All-Arena Defense
DE Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
DE James Ruffin, Spokane
NG Jason Stewart, San Jose
MLB Tyre Glasper, Arizona
JLB Alvin Ray Jackson, Jacksonville
DB Jeremy Kellem, Arizona
DB James Romain, Philadelphia
DB Greg Reid, Jacksonville
KR Duane Brooks, Portland
DE Mike McAdoo, Arizona
DE Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia
NG Willie McGinnis, Cleveland
MLB Francis Maka, San Jose
JLB Terence Moore, Orlando
DB Ken Fontenette, San Jose
DB James Harrell, Tampa Bay
DB Rayshaun Kizer, LA
KR Brandon Thompkins, Orlando

Press Release Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

The San Jose SaberCats Remain Unbeaten Take Down The Jacksonville Sharks 68-48

April 17, 2015 8:13 PM PT

Courtesy Of The SaberCats Media Relations

Jacksonville, Florida – The San Jose SaberCats (4-0) remained undefeated after taking down the Jacksonville Sharks (0-4) 68-48, Friday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
AFL All-Time leading rusher, fullback Derrick Ross bulldozed his way into the end zone on the first drive to give the Sharks an early 7-0 lead. Ross, who was acquired for the Philadelphia Soul this off-season, continued to be focal point for the offense. He finished with 11 rushes for 35 yards and a season-high four touchdowns. Ross continues to be the go-to player within the five yard line of the red zone for Jacksonville. On the night, he also eclipsed a milestone with his 150th rushing touchdown for his AFL career.

Continuing his impact play, jack linebacker David Hyland snuffed out a pass play and picked off the Tommy Grady pass at the Jacksonville seven yard line, his second interception of the season. Hyland continues to excess at the jack linebacker spot for San Jose and led the team in tackles with 14. Reggie Gray was able to extend the San Jose lead to 14-7, after hauling in a five yard touchdown reception. As the SaberCats leading receiver this season, “Big Play” Reggie Gray finished with nine receptions for 80 yards and three touchdowns.

As the Arena Football League’s leading receiver, Anthony “Tiger” Jones demonstrated his abilities early an often. Jones finished with seven receptions for 100 yards, but was unable to add to his league-high 10 receiving touchdowns.

SaberCats quarterback Erik Meyer threw for a season –high eight touchdowns, completing 19-of-30 completions for 246 yards.

Odie Armstrong, an avid Madden video gamer, pressed the B-button on the Xbox (O on the PlayStation) and spun into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown run, to give San Jose a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. Armstrong added to his rushing touchdown total with five on the season.

With his return to the starting lineup, SaberCats’ receiver Adron Tennell, the 2013 AFL Wide Receiver of the Year, made an immediate impact. He finished with five receptions for 65 yards and four of those going for touchdowns.

In the Second quarter, Sharks’ receiver Joe Hills hauled in multiple receptions, matriculating the offense down to the goaline, with Ross able to do what he does best and rumble in for a one-yard touchdown run to cut the SaberCats lead to 21-14. Hills led the Sharks with 14 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown.

After a great performance in his first game as a SaberCat last week, receiver D.J. Stephens continued to shine for San Jose. Stephens caught a 33-yard pass from Meyer and was brought down just a yard shy of the end zone. Unfortunately, defensive end Joe Skyes, a member of the SaberCats last season, jumped in on a botched snap and forced a fumble that was eventually recovered by Jacksonville. Following the fumble recovery, Jones sacrificed life and limb to haul in a 30-yard reception while flying over the boards to set up a Ross touchdown run.

With a Darius Reynolds reception bringing the SaberCats down to the four yard line, Meyer found Gray in the end zone on fourth down, as San Jose led 28-24 at halftime.

Following a Joe Hills touchdown reception by the Sharks, Gray was able to grab the kickoff and returned it 58-yards for a touchdown, the first on the season for San Jose, who responded immediately and pushed out to a 48-38 fourth quarter lead.

It did not take long for Jacksonville to answer, as receiver Jerod Harvery grabbed an 18-yard touchdown, his first touchdown reception of the season to make it a 48-45 San Jose lead.
With eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Meyer found Stephens in the back of the end zone. In his second game with San Jose, Stephens finished with three receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, SaberCats defensive end Donte Paige-Moss was able to recover the ball off of the uprights to provide the San Jose offense with the ball at the eight yard line. The recovery was culminated by a Gray touchdown reception to give the SaberCats a 62-45 with 3:46 remaining.

A late interception by defensive back Erik Crocker sealed the win for San Jose, who will be back at home in the SAP Center to host the Portland Thunder on Saturday April, 25th.

ABOUT THE SAN JOSE SABERCATS
The ArenaBowl XVI, XVIII and XXI champion San Jose SaberCats finished their 19th season in the AFL with a Pacific Division Title after making their return in 2011. Fans and sponsors can go to sanjosesabercats.com or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to purchase 2015 season tickets. Make sure to follow the SaberCats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team.

San Jose SaberCats VS. Jacksonville Sharks Preview

Apri 16, 2015 9:00 AM

Courtesy of The San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

San Jose, California – The San Jose SaberCats and Jacksonville Sharks are two teams separated by over 2,700 miles of road and while they will meet on Friday, they are both heading in opposite directions.

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The SaberCats (3-0) have cruised to victory in their first three games of the 2015 season, winning by an average margin of 17.7 points per game. On the contrary, the Sharks (0-3) have yet to win a game this season, losing all three of their games this season by a combined 13 points, including the first two games by one point each.

After a slew of acquisitions to bolster its offensive attack this off-season, Jacksonville was an early pre-season favorite in the American Conference. Despite their record, the Sharks are a formidable opponent for any team and have a chance to prove it on Friday night. The Sharks made a splash in free agency with the acquisition of the 2012 AFL MVP, quarterback Tommy Grady. As the signal caller for the Pittsburgh Power last season, Grady set a franchise record with 4,717 passing yards and 115 touchdowns.

Through three games in 2015, Grady has thrown for 845 yards and is ranked second in the league with 19 passing touchdowns.
As expected, Grady’s favorite target this season has been Anthony “Tiger” Jones. After spending the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Soul and earning First Team All-Arena Honors in 2013, Jones is leading the AFL in receiving. Jones brought his league leading receiving touchdown total to 10 on the season, after hauling in five touchdowns against his old team last week. The duo of Grady and Jones will be the biggest test thus far for the SaberCats stout defense.

Derrick Ross, the all-time AFL rushing leader, has gotten off to a hot start as well. He is the only player to have eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark (113) and is tied for second in the AFL with four rushing touchdowns. Like Jones, Ross spent the last three seasons with the Soul and was acquired in a trade with the Las Vegas Outlaws during training camp last month.

San Jose also boasts a former league MVP (2013) in quarterback Erik Meyer. Through three games, Meyer has completed an efficient 59.8-percent of his passes for 695 yards and 13 touchdowns. With the SaberCats lockdown defense providing ample field position, Meyer’s numbers do not tell the whole story.

Coming into the season, the SaberCats already possessed one of the league’s top receiver corps and added to it last week with the acquisition of D.J. Stephens. In his first game with San Jose against the Tampa Bay Storm, Stephens totaled six receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Along with Reggie Gray, Darius Reynolds and Adron Tennell, the offensive attack for San Jose has yet to peak.

Despite averaging 52.0 points per game and ranking second in total offense, Jacksonville’s offensive attack has yet to overcome their deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball. However, Joe Sykes, former AFL Defensive Player of the Year, has been a bright spot for the Sharks’ defense. Sykes, a member of the SaberCats last season, has totaled 9.5 tackles with four tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. While the San Jose offensive line has protected Meyer well this season, only surrendering four sacks, Sykes ability to rush the passer will be duly noted.

One cannot mention the SaberCats without reference to their defensive prowess. San Jose has four players with two or more sacks this season, including defensive end Luis Vasquez, who has a team-high 3.5 sacks on the season. In the secondary, the addition of Virgil Gray and Eric Crocker, as well as the return of David Hyland and Ken Fontenette, has resulted in much of the success on defense. A proven playmaker over the years, Gray has registered a team-high three interceptions and 10 pass breakups, while Fontenette leads the team with 17.5 total tackles. Enough cannot be said about the efforts of Hyland, who has recovered three fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown in his first full season as the teams jack linebacker.

This will be the third meeting between the two franchises, with San Jose winning both matchups. The SaberCats defense leads the league, surrendering an average of 32.0 points per game. Look for a showdown of the Sharks prolific offense against the vaunted SaberCats defense in this week’s matchup. With their second game at home, Jacksonville will look to right the ship and get in the win column against a formidable foe. Meanwhile, San Jose has a chance to go on the road and prove that their early season success is no fluke.

ABOUT THE SAN JOSE SABERCATS
The ArenaBowl XVI, XVIII and XXI champion San Jose SaberCats finished their 19th season in the AFL with a Pacific Division Title after making their return in 2011. Fans and sponsors can go to sanjosesabercats.com or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to purchase 2015 season tickets. Make sure to follow the SaberCats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team.