The Spokane Shock have re-signed five players from their 2010 ArenaBowl championship team.
Wide receivers Greg Orton and Shaun Kauleinamoku, offensive lineman Antonio Narcisse, kicker Taylor Rowan and defensive back Alex Teems are returning to the Shock.
AFL teams have until Monday to re-sign their players. After that, players become free agents and can sign with any AFL team, including the one they played for in 2010.
FROM SHOCK PR:
The Shock announced today DB Alex Teems, WR Greg Orton, WR Shaun Kauleinamoku, OL Antonio Narcisse, and K Taylor Rowan will return to Spokane for the 2011 season.
As a cornerstone to Spokane’s defense, Teems recorded 74 tackles in 2010 and became the franchise’s all-time career leader in tackles (172), a record formerly held by Rob Keefe. Teems also added three interceptions and 20 pass break-ups to his 2010 numbers.
WR Orton earned a spot on the roster after he was initially cut during training camp. During the regular season, Orton appeared in three games and recorded 16 receptions for 187 yards with two touchdowns. In the postseason, Orton started all three playoff games and tied teammate Huey Whittaker for the league lead in receptions (25) for 200 yards with two touchdowns.
As a rookie in the AFL, Kauleinamoku played a valuable role in Spokane’s offense recording 30 receptions for 441 yards and ten touchdowns in only nine games.
Last season, his third in the AFL, Narcisse started ten games for the Shock (regular season and post-season) and anchored Spokane’s offensive line at the center position.
Rowan started all 19 games and converted 90% of his point after attempts and all seven of his field goal attempts during the regular season. Rowan tied the franchise record for most field goals in a game (2) on two occasions this past season.
“All of these players are crucial building blocks to construct a Championship roster,” Head Coach Rob Keefe explained. “Each of these players played a valuable role in bringing the Title to Spokane and I expect them to do the same as the Shock defends it in 2011.”