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McCullough, two others sign with Shock

Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough soaks in the cheers after scoring on an interception late in the first half April 3, 2009, against Stockton. The Shock won. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough soaks in the cheers after scoring on an interception late in the first half April 3, 2009, against Stockton. The Shock won. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Kevin McCullough (pictured above), a fixture at linebacker for the Shock the last two seasons, is coming back to Spokane, which also signed two other players.

Read on for more. (There's additional info on the three at spokaneshock.com.) 

The Spokane Shock announced today that LB Kevin McCullough, DL Josh Leonard, and DL/LB Jeremy Geathers have been added to the 2010 roster.

 

McCullough, 6-2 250, is the fifth member of the 2009 ArenaCup Champion Shock to join the team for the 2010 season.

 

Over the past two seasons in Spokane, McCullough has collected 132.5 tackles, 15 interceptions, 13 pass break-ups and four fumble recoveries.

 

“There is no question that Kevin was one of our leaders on defense last year,” Head Coach Rob Keefe said. “Not only is he a great football player but he is also a great example for other players. He works hard every day and wants to continue to improve. I think he is ready to take his game to the next level in the upcoming season.”

 

For his part, McCullough has continued working hard in the off-season and hopes to shed some weight and add some quickness to his game.

 

“I’ve played the last couple of seasons at 250 and I want to lean up to about 240 and increase my speed,” McCullough explained. “I want to be more explosive this year and get some more pass break-ups and interceptions.”

 

Leonard, 6-3 300, was in training camp with the Houston Texans this season but was released during their final cuts.

 

Prior to joining the Texans, Leonard attended the University of Hawai’i for two seasons and registered 48 tackles – including five sacks – in 26 games. Leonard transferred to Hawai’i from Sierra College where he was recognized as a First Team All-American and recorded 33 sacks in just two seasons.

 

“Josh is one of those players who just has a nose for the ball,” Keefe said. “He is an unbelievably gifted athlete who is very explosive who puts a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.”

 

Geathers, 6-2 256, signed with the New Orleans Saints after he completed a three-year career at UNLV.

 

As a Running Rebel, Geathers played 33 games and registered 99 tackles – including 18.5 sacks – with five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

 

“With Jeremy’s size and speed he can be a real versatile player and line up as a speed rusher or as a MAC linebacker,” Keefe said. “When you have the kind of speed that Jeremy has, it shows in the Arena game. “

 

Geathers has a strong professional football lineage that includes his father, Jumpy, who played for the New Orleans Saints from 1984-1986.



Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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