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Shock auditioning quarterbacks

Mon., May 16, 2011, 9:55 p.m.

Spokane doesn’t know the extent of injuries to Bill Stull’s left knee and Kyle Rowley’s right (throwing) shoulder, but the Arena Football League team is exploring other quarterback options.

The Shock are bringing in three quarterbacks for tryouts: Casey Hansen, who backed up Nick Davila in Spokane’s 2009 arenafootball2 championship season; former Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield; and Josh Powell, who played at Hard-ing University.

Head coach Rob Keefe, who doesn’t expect Stull or Rowley will play Friday against Tampa Bay, indicated that additional quarterbacks could be brought in if necessary. Spokane considered trading for a quarterback but found teams were asking too much in return. Tulsa acquired quarterback Justin Allgood from Philadelphia on Monday, the AFL trade deadline.

Hansen was 42 of 58 for 543 yards with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions for the Shock. He re-signed with the Shock, but was cut prior to the 2010 season.

Sheffield passed for 359 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders in 2010. He was 101 of 136 for 1,219 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009.

Powell played at Shadle Park High and committed to Eastern Washington. He left EWU and transferred to Long Beach City College before finishing his career at Harding in Searcy, Ark. Powell passed for 1,735 yards in 2009 and 905 yards in 2010. He rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season.

Stull, in his first start with the Shock, hurt his left knee late in the first quarter and was on crutches after the game. Rowley hurt his shoulder in the fourth quarter and wasn’t able to continue. Receivers Chas Gessner and Emery Sammons filled in at quarterback for the last few possessions of Spokane’s 71-49 win over Dallas.

Former Shock backup quarterback Brian Zbydniewski has started the last three games for Tampa Bay after starter Grant Gregory suffered a foot injury.

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