SaberCats add DB Royal, WR Berry


SaberCats add DB Royal, WR Berry


SAN JOSE - The SaberCats today announced the additions of DB ChrisRoyal and WR Ed Berry. Berry rejoins San Jose after a stint with the team during training camp.DB CHRIS ROYALRoyal (5-10, 195) joins the SaberCats after spending the start of the 2011season with Kansas City, totaling 13 tackles (12 solo) and three passes defensed in three games for the Command. In 2010, Royal played alongside SaberCats defensive linemen Adam Huebner and Gabe Nyenhuis, where he finished second in the league in interceptions (11) to go along with 69tackles (53 solo).Prior to his time in the AFL, Royal played for Marshall from 2002-05,where he totaled 106 tackles (74 solo), nine interceptions, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles while also handling return duties.WR ED BERRYBerry (5-9, 190) most recently played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL, before joining San Jose during training camp. A two-year starter at Northern Arizona, Berry played in 22 games (21 starts) leading the team with 75 receptions, 1,075 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns as a senior. A transfer from the College of San Mateo, Berry led the Lumberjacks with 45 receptions and 641 yards, earning All-Big Sky honorable mention honors. At San Mateo, he led the team with 55 receptions for 896 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007 prior to joining Northern Arizona.Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league


AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.

Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.

“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”

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SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson


SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.

Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.

The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.

Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.

Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services