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SaberCats fill out roster with local talent

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SaberCats fill out roster with local talent

Feb. 27, 2011

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SAN JOSE The SaberCats today announced the additions of OL Adam Juratovac, K Juan Gamboa, WR Marcus Everett and DB Damon Jenkins. The team also announced Juratovac has been placed on the refused to report list while WR Nichiren Flowers and DB Jamario ONeal have been placed on the physically unable to perform list.Adam got experience with a championship team last season with Spokane, while Marcus and Juan showed us what they can do in a recent tryout and we are happy to be adding them to our roster, said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet.OL ADAM JURATOVACJuratovac (6-3, 315) played for the Spokane Shock during the 2010 season. Prior to his time there, Juratovac played four seasons for Idaho, playing in 41 games (24 starts) at right guard for the Vandals.A graduate of Henry M. Gunn (CA) High School, he earned All-CIF Central Coast in his final two years and received Mercury News offensive linesman honorable mention his senior year.K JUAN GAMBOAIn four seasons at Sacramento State, Gamboa (5-8, 195) served as the teams place kicker his entire career with the Hornets. During his collegiate career, Gamboa connected on 36 field goals on 56 attempts (64.3), while accounting for over 200 points. As a senior he averaged 59.0 yards per kickoff, notching 12 touchbacks.A graduate of Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, he ranked as the second-best kicker in the country by SuperPrep and the sixth-best by Rivals.com. Gamboa made all 30 of his extra points as a senior and also connected on a career-long 55-yard field goal. He earned all-league and all-state honors as a junior and senior and was also named All-America after each season.WR MARCUS EVERETTEverett (6-1, 200) played four seasons for UCLA, proving to be a consistent contributor for the Bruins. During five seasons, he totaled 97 receptions for 1,235 yards and seven touchdowns. His best season came as a redshirt sophomore, where he played in 13 contests (eight starts) and led the team in receiving yards (450) while finishing second in receptions (31). As a senior at Chaminade (CA) Prep, Everett earned second-team All-CIF honors as a senior after setting a school single-season record 70 catches for 1,368 yards and 16 touchdowns. On defense, he notched 83 tackles, six interceptions and two sacks.DB DAMON JENKINSJenkins (5-11, 195) was one of the defensive leaders at Fresno State in 2006 and 2007. In 37 games for the Bulldogs, Jenkins totaled 94 tackles (60 solo), three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 16 passes defensed.A former high school teammate of Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew at De La Salle (CA) High School, Jenkins won 138 consecutive games during his tenure. He was rated as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation as a senior.
Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

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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

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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