Four more to Roughriders

02/18/03 Roughriders Press ReleaseThe Bismarck Roughriders of the National Indoor Football League announced today that they have added four to their roster for the 2003 season.

The Riders added some more strength on the defensive side of the ball signing defensive back James Drayton.  The 6' 185lb Drayton originally from San Bernadino, California played college football for Minot State University. Drayton put together an excellent two year career with the Beavers.  Drayton was a two-time All-Conference selection as well as being named to the NAIA All-American team.

"James has great height to go along with his athletic ability," Head Coach Luke Shafer.  "Defensive backs are at a premium in a passing first league like this so I am happy to add James to the defensive side of the ball," added Shafer. 

The Riders have also added their first kicker to the 2003 roster.  The Riders have come to terms with Richard Simpson, a 6' 1" kicker/wide receiver from Mesquite, Texas.  Simpson played his college football for Division II Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.  While with the Cowboys Simpson was both the place kicker as well as wide receiver and kick returner.  In 1998 Simpson was #2 in the nation in kick returns with a 33.4 yard average.  In the spring and summer of 2002 Simpson played for both the Texas Crush of the West Texas Football League and the Dallas Diesel of the North American Football League.  With the Crush Simpson was the special teams player of the game 10 out of 10 games and was the offensive player of the game 7 out of 10 games.  Simpson connected on 100% of his extra points and field goals
including a league record 56 yarder.  Richard also lead the league in receptions (41), yards per catch (24.6), receiving td's (8), total yards (1008) and longest td catch (91).  In the 113 team North American Football League Simpson was name the top kicker in the nation 4 out of 8 weeks and lead the nation with 11 field goals including a NAFL record 55 yarder. Richard was named the 2002 NAFL MVP and NAFL 1st Team kicker.

"Richard is a superb athlete, he has excelled as both a kicker and a receiver everywhere he has played.  We have limited roster space so having a guy who can do several things is going to be a luxury not many teams will have.  I am very excited about bringing Richard in and seeing everything he can do,"Luke Shafer.

The Riders have also added a second QB to the roster in Bradley O' Brien.  The 5' 11" 205lb O' Brien put together a very successful 2002 campaign with the North Texas Stampede of the North American Football League.  While with the Stampede O' Brien set eight team records.  These records include; attempts in a season (172), completions in a season (113), yards in a season (2033), attempts in a game (32), completions in a game (23), yards in a game (437), td passes in a season (14) and td passes in a game (4) twice.  Bradley finished the 2002 season ranked 2nd among all quarterbacks in the league and was the top ranked QB in the Southwest Region.  Bradley was also named to the NAFL All-Star Team and named All-League 2nd team QB.

"Bradley has the tools you need to be successful in the NIFL , his arm strength and speed is going to cause some trouble for opposing defenses," said Luke Shafer.

he Riders have also added some offensive punch in RB Lafayette Bailey.  The 6' 180lb speedster is originally from Culver City, CA.  After high school Lafayette attended Antelope Valley College for two years.  While at Antelope Valley Lafayette was a 2-time All-Conference selection and set a single game rushing record with 305 yards.  Bailey then took
his talents to Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. Lafayette was both a running back and kick returner
for the Grizzlies and holds the single game record for kick return yardage (195) and longest return (99).

"Lafayette has 4.3 speed and I'm looking forward to getting the ball in his hands and seeing him make some big plays.  Speed is something you can't teach and I think Lafayette is going to be a dangerous player, " Luke Shafer.

Current Roster

QB - John Welsh - University of Idaho
QB - Bradley O' Brien - Texas Tech
RB - Quentin Cradle - University of Mary
RB - Lafayette Bailey - Adams State University
RB - Deshawn Perkins - NDSU
WR - AJ Street - U Mary
WR - Sonte Wong - Linfield College
WR - Ron Harper - American River University
WR - Jamal Allen - Fort Lewis College
WR - Chris Anderson - University of Colorado
WR - Reggie Schulte - Northern State University
DB - Ronnie Kaymore - Texas A&M Kingsville
DB - D Ross - Boise State University
DB - Pat Cavanaugh - Saginaw Valley State University
DB - Jimmy Gaston - West Texas A&M
DB - James Drayton - Minot State University
DB - Johnny Peeples - University of Montana
LB - Danielle Rollins-Kendal
OL - Mike Crouse - Univeristy of North Dakota
OL - Grant Brinkman - Dickinson State University
DL - Nikia Parson - U Mary
DL - Michael Wessel - Univeristy of Saint Francis (IN)
DL - Ryan Goven - University of North Dakota
K - Richard Simpson - Hardin Simmons University



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