Renegades announce 2002 roster
03/27/02 Renegades Press release
30-Man Lineup Features Returning Veterans, Several Surprises
March 27, 2002 - The RiverCity Renegades unveiled their 30-man active roster for the 2002 National Indoor Football League season today. Teams in the NIFL may keep up to 30 players on their active roster throughout the season but may only dress 21 players for each game. The team opens its first year in the NIFL Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) in Bismarck, North Dakota and begins the home schedule at the St. Charles Family Arena on April 13 (7:30 p.m.).
This year's squad features several returning starters from the teams 2001 season including quarterback Rick Little, running back Keith Turner, kicker Dan O'Donnell, defensive lineman Mike Armstrong and linebacker Cornelius Smith. Little served as the second string quarterback last season and threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns. Turner finished second on the Renegades, and seventh in the Indoor Professional Football League, with 182 yards rushing last season and scored 66 points. O'Donnell scored 72 points and was successful on 52% of his kicks greater than 30 yards (including kicks of 51 and 53 yards). Armstrong earned Renegades Defensive Player of the Year honors and finished fourth in the IPFL with 7.5 sacks. Smith led the Renegades, and was fifth in the IPFL, with 78 tackles in 12 games.
Through a pre-season tryout and free agent signings, the Renegades have also added several fresh faces to the roster. Defensive back Seth Hornack joins the squad after starring at the University of Pittsburgh and playing with Los Angeles in the XFL. At Pitt, he was a three-year starter and led the Panthers in tackles as a senior. Tight end Moses Regular has played with the St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League and the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League.
"With our mix of veteran leaders and experienced newcomers, we expect an exciting 2002 football season for the fans," said Head Coach John Busby. "Although we're a bit undersized, I think we'll make up for it with quickness and tenacity. Our offense will be fun to watch, while the defense will emphasize eight men to the ball at all times."
A few former Renegades have moved on to bigger things and are not expected to return for the coming season. Quarterback Corby Jones (1490 total offense, 16 TD) is enrolled in law school at the University of Missouri. Tight End Bryan Walker was signed as free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receiver Jerome Hurd (49 receptions, 14 TD) is competing with Chicago in the Arena League.
The Renegades first home game will be Saturday, April 13 (7:30 p.m.) at the St. Charles Family Arena. Tickets are now on sale for the game and range in price from $5-$22. To order tickets, please call the Renegades at (314) 216-2000 or stop by the Family Arena Ticket Office. For the latest information on the Renegades, check out www.rivercityrenegades.com.
RIVERCITY RENEGADES 2002 ROSTER
POS NAME HT WT COLLEGE
*DL Mike Armstrong 6'4 290 Central Missouri State
QB Eric Bailey 6'2 185 University City HS
*WR Kyle Black 6'0 195 Alabama State
*RB Fred Boyd 5'10 210 Highland CC
*WR Robert Boyd 6'0 180 Illinois State
*DL/OL Jerry Brooks 6'3 270 East St. Louis HS
*OL/DL Jay Carmack 6'3 270 Western Illinois
DL Darrell Davis 6'1 240 Warrenton HS
DB Bradford Ellis 5'11 195 Lindenwood
DL John Evans 6'3 315 SIU - Carbondale
DB Robert Findley 6'2 190 Lindenwood
*DB Donald Harris 5'10 198 Western Illinois
*DB/WR Donnell Hayes 6'0 155 Missouri Valley
*DL Mike Hellems 6'0 275 Triton JC
DB/WR/RB Seth Harnack 5'11 209 Pittsburgh
*WR/DB Jay Howze 5'8 160 Morris Brown
*OL/DL Chris Kelley 6'5 336 Kemper Military JC
C Raymond Kirkwood 6'2 300 Lincoln
*QB Rick Little 6'2 207 Blackburn
OL Tim Mangrich 6'1 300 Greenville
*DB Kerman Mason 5'9 190 Drake
LB Robert Mayer 5'11 215 St. Charles West HS
*K Dan O'Donnell 6'1 190 Chadron State
OL Cory Phapps 6'2 290 Lindenwood
WR Moses Regular 6'4 270 Missouri Valley
*LB Cornelius Smith 6'0 230 Lincoln
DL Mike Stoff 5'9 280 Northwest HS
*RB Keith Turner 5'10 200 Morehouse
WR Jammian Weaver 6'1 185 Hazelwood Central HS
DB Cherron Williams 5'11 205 Central Missouri State
Head Coach - John Busby Associate Head Coach - Mark Fowler
Offensive Coordinator - Alexander Wright Special Teams Coach - John Fortney
Defensive Coordinator - Lafayette Gatewood Trainer - Tom Godar
Equipment Manager - Steve Joyce
* - Denotes returner from 2001 season