Markee White helped the Shock win the AFL title last season, and then signed with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL (Photo: Spokane Shock)
One of the crowd favorites for the Spokane Shock is returning for another season in the Lilac City. On a day during which the team made numerous roster moves, the Shock said Thursday they re-signed receiver Markee White for the 2011 season.
White was a key contributor to the Shock's 2010 championship season, recording 66 receptions for 925 yards and 18 touchdowns in only 10 games. In the postseason he added 24 more catches - including a team-leading nine receptions in the Arena Bowl - for 234 yards and eight touchdowns.
"Markee was such a key contributor to our team last year, it was important to get him back on the team," said head coach Rob Keefe in a news release. "He has continued to improve year in and year out. I expect him to continue and I know that he will be another key member of our team."
After helping Spokane win the AFL title White signed with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL and hauled in 26 catches for 304 yards. He also set the UFL record for most receiving yards in a game with 152.
While announcing the addition of White to the roster, the Shock also announced a number of other moves. Perhaps most notable is the trade of former Idaho State WR Eddie Thompson to the Pittsburgh Power. They also traded DB Josh Morris, DL Charles Alexander. All three players went to Pittsburgh in exchange for claim order position. OL Antonio Narcisse has been placed on Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list for the duration of training camp. Spokane also released DL Chase Ortiz, WR Brent Holmes and DL Angelo Craig.
The Shock also added a few players, signing QB Joe Ayoob, WR Juamorris Stewart, LB Terrance Moore, OL Dace Richardson, DL Jonathan Williams.
Stewart, 6-2 200, started his professional career in 2010 when he signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals. An All-American from Southern University, Stewart collected 201 receptions for 2,668 yards with 25 touchdowns during his career as Jaguar.
QB Ayoob, 6-3 215, spilt the 2009 season between the Tri-Cities Fever and the Central Valley Coyotes. That season, his second in the af2, Ayoob passed for 887 yards with 14 touchdowns in only seven games.
LB Moore, 6-2 225, recorded 163 tackles with five interceptions during his career at Troy State. As a senior, Moore received first team All-Conference honors.
OL Richardson, 6-6 320, played in 30 games for the University of Iowa and was named first team All Big-Ten his senior season. A versatile lineman, Richardson played three different positions as a senior: left guard, right guard, and right tackle.
DL Williams, 6-3 300, made his professional debut with the CFL's BC Lions in 2009. Prior to his professional experience, Williams capped off his collegiate career at the University of South Carolina recording 20 tackles, including two sacks, in 25 games. The remainder of his collegiate career was spent at Mississippi Delta Community College where he earned First-Team All State honors among the state's Junior Colleges.