Back with a Shock notebook, with the first item on Markee White, who made his af2 debut last week and caught 12 passes in Spokane's win over Stockton.
More on White and other notes below in an unedited article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.
Numerous arena football players want to come to
Take the wide receiver position, where
White had workouts or spent time in NFL camps with
But injuries to Olson and Dillon gave White an opportunity and he made up for lost time with a team-high 12 catches for 99 yards and one touchdown in
“I was just anxious to get out there,” White said. “My number got called and I wanted to make sure I caught everything and secured the ball. I was a little rusty on a couple of routes, but it felt pretty good getting my first touchdown and just playing football again.”
“It’s really competitive,” White said. “The guys that were here last year are veterans and I have to compete with those guys. We push each other in practice. It’s almost like the best man wins in the long run, but whoever is out there is going to produce.”
With Dillon back and Olson expected to be available for Saturday’s home game against
“It could come down to health or a gut feeling,” Shackleford said. “We feel like have five guys that can do it.”
Brian Jackson, who ranked second in arenafootball2 in point-after accuracy last season, is at it again. He’s made 31 of 33 PATs (93.9 percent), second only to Wilkes/Barre-Scranton’s David Davis, who is 47 of 47, despite the uprights only being nine feet apart. It’s 18 feet, 6 inches in the outdoor game.
“The biggest thing is I’m a veteran now and with that one year of experience I know the ropes in arena football,” said Jackson, who was 106 of 119 (89.1 percent) on PATs last season. “I did a lot of long-distance running in the offseason, that’s where I needed some improvement as far as attacking the ball. Last year I was just kind of jogging at it, just swinging the leg and trying to get it to the net. This year I’m attacking it hard and bringing my hips through.”
Starting defensive back Sergio Gilliam (shoulder) and reserve Damon Jenkins (hamstring) didn’t practice Tuesday and aren’t expected to be on the field today. Both are questionable for Saturday.
Jimmie Sutton, an af2 rookie from
“He got a lot of reps and he’ll play if Sergio or Damon aren’t ready,” Shackleford said. “The fourth defensive back would probably be Charles Dillon.”
Offensive lineman Ryan Belcher (mono) didn’t travel to