Here’s all the Shock news fit to print.
My unedited notebook and a lengthy list of former Shock players and coaches whereabouts is below. Meanwhile, the AFL coaches poll has Bossier-Shreveport No. 4 and Spokane No. 9 while the writers poll has the BattleWings No. 5 and the Shock No. 6. The BattleWings were well represented in the AFL players of the week list.
FORMER SHOCK PLAYERS
Chicago - Palauni Ma’Sun (2008), Chris Martin (2010 training camp - traded), J.J. Raterink (2006 training camp), Nygel Rogers (2007-08)
Bossier-Shreveport - Roshawn
Arizona - Nick Davila (2008-09), John Booker (2009), Sergio Gilliam (2008-09), Johnie Kirton (2009), Kelvin Morris (2007), Kyle Young (2008-09)
Dallas - Rico Ochoa (2006-08), Justin Warren (2008-09), Jason Harmon (2010, traded before camp)
Fairbanks - Justin Rummel (2007)
Tri-City - Joey Hewlen (2010 training camp), Johnny Walker (2009)
FORMER SHOCK COACHES
Tri-Cities – Adam Shackleford (2007-09), head coach
And here’s the notebook….
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Spokane Shock defensive back Alex Teems won’t play a down this week, but he can help out in the scouting department.
Teems, sidelined with a hamstring injury, played with Raymond Philyaw with AFL Cleveland in 2008. Philyaw is now the starting quarterback for Bossier-Shreveport, which puts its 2-0 record and No. 4 ranking on the line against the No. 9 Shock (1-1) Saturday in the Arena.
The 35-year-old Philyaw, who has also played for Albany/Indiana,
“If there’s an AFL Hall of Fame, I’m pretty sure he’d be going into it,” Teems said. “His reads are good and he throws to a spot. Most quarterbacks throw to a receiver. He pretty much knows arena football like the back of his hand.”
Philyaw’s resume is somewhat similar to
“We’ve got another AFL veteran quarterback coming in, a couple of AFL receivers and (P.J.) Berry was an All-af2 guy, which is what we saw in Milwaukee with (receivers Tiger) Jones and (Damian) Harrell and Nate Forse, who was an af2 standout,” Shock coach Rob Keefe said. “I played against Ray three times when I was in Philly. We’re going to try to throw a lot of things at him to make him think so the defensive line can get home.”
“That (bouncing back) is what you have to do at this level,” Vijil said. “We had a good week of work, just refocused and I flushed that (last) game out.”
Like Teems, Vijil will see a familiar face in an opposing jersey. Defensive back Roshawn Marshall was on
“It helps a little, you learn their tendencies and maybe you can attack that,” Vijil said. “At the same time he’s probably saying the same thing.”
“The ball gets there quicker and it comes out farther. He was catching them at the goal line and we weren’t across our opposing 20 yet,” Keefe said. “Then you’re creating a gap and it makes him look like a speed demon.”
Vijil said the nets were so tight “if they would have been flat we would have been jumping on them like a trampoline.”
Keefe said he’ll have “no problem” kicking to
Keefe was impressed with the play of DL/FB Harrison Nikolao, WR Eddie Thompson and particularly DB Rod Mosley. The three didn’t suit up Week 1. “Rod made a case for the starting job, but we’ll see how the week goes,” Keefe said. …