SaberCats add QB Philyaw

February 22, 2012, 12:02 am
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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The SaberCats today announced the addition of ten-year Arena Football League veteran quarterback Raymond Philyaw."Raymond has been one of the top quarterbacks over the last decade in the Arena Football League," said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. "His level of understanding of the game and veteran presence will be an asset to our team."
Philyaw (6-0, 215, Northeast Louisiana) has played ten seasons in the AFL. Over the course of his AFL career he has amassed 26,000 yards and over 500 touchdowns, and he has the leagues best all-time touchdown-to-interception ratio at 8.6-to-1. Philyaws overall record is 63-48 and he has led four different franchises to the postseason, posting an 8-6 record in postseason play. He also spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans VooDoo.Philyaw last played for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings in 2010, where he completed 148-230 passes for 1,839 yards and 43 touchdowns to just five interceptions. In 2008 with the Cleveland Gladiators, Philyaw established a career best in completion percentage (69.5) in leading the team deep into the playoffs.After an injury-plagued 2006 season for the Kansas City Brigade, Philyaw rebounded with a career-year in 2007. That season, he posted career highs in completions (371), pass attempts (538), passing yards (4,375) and touchdowns (85), while leading the team to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth.Philyaw played two seasons with the Chicago Rush in 2004 and 2005. He orchestrated playoff runs in both years with the team and recorded a 19-11 record, combining to throw for over 6,500 yards and 119 touchdowns.Philyaw began his AFL career, with the Albany Firebirds in 2000, before the team relocated to Indiana. He took over as the teams starter in 2001 and racked up 3,518 yards and threw 68 touchdowns to only three interceptions, completing 68.3 percent of his passes. Philyaw remained the teams starting quarterback through 2003, and finished his Firebirds tenure with a 24-22 record with two playoff appearances, including a 2001 conference championship run.Philyaw began his professional playing career in the Canadian Football League where he played two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1997-1998 as a member of their practice squad.The Shreveport, La. native was a standout at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) and was inducted to the universitys athletic hall of fame in 2009. Philyaw concluded his collegiate career as the schools all-time leader in passing yards (7,061) and touchdowns (52).Raymond Philyaw
Position: QB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215 lbs.
Born: July 30, 1974 in Shreveport, La.
Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Last Team: Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AFL)
College: Northeast Louisiana
AFL Experience: Ten years

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