Shock Add Four To 2014 Roster - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Shock Add Four To 2014 Roster

SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Shock have been assigned defensive backs Bryant Nnabuife and Troy Butler as well as offensive lineman Nick Speller and Cameron Stephenson to the 2014 roster.

Bryant Nnabuife (6-1, 200), a graduate of the University of California – Berkeley, joins the Shock for the 2014 season after spending time the last two years with the CFL's BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts. Bryant began the 2012 and 2013 AFL seasons as a member of the Shock's roster, but each year received opportunities in the CFL which kept him from seeing time on the field for Spokane. After finishing his collegiate career at Cal, Nnabuife participated in Cal's Pro Day and the NFL's San Francisco 49ers' Pro Day. He also spent time with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. During his time as a Golden Bear, Nnabuife played in 29 games with five starts on his way to recording 59 tackles, five tackles for loss, one interception and scored on a pair of blocked punts.

"Bryant is a tall, long defensive back that should be a perfect fit for the Arena game. We've signed him twice before and he's always ended up in the CFL, which is a testament to his athleticism and ability," said Shock General Manager Ryan Rigmaiden.
Troy Butler (6-0, 200), formerly of Kansas State University, joins the Shock for his first season as a member of the Arena Football League after spending time with the CFL's BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders. As a member of the Wildcats in 2009 and 2010, Butler saw action in 21 games on his way to recording 64 total tackles (43 solo, 21 assisted), six tackles for loss, one sack, and four pass break ups. Butler began his collegiate football career with Antelope Valley Junior College where he helped the team to win consecutive conference championships while being named a 2008 California JC All-American, 2008 Regional Defensive Player of the Year and 2008 American Pacific Defensive Player of the Year as he recorded 62 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

"Troy is a solid man-cover defensive back that has spent the past two years in the CFL. That should give him great preparation for the Arena game and we've excited to see how he develops," said Shock General Manager Ryan Rigmaiden.

Nick Speller (6-5, 330), a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, joins the Shock for his rookie season as a member of the Arena Football League after spending time with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. During his three collegiate seasons as a Minuteman after transferring from Syracuse, Speller played and started in 30 games. Speller started in nine games as a senior and 11 games at left tackle as a junior while being a part of an offensive unit that averaged 360.1 yards of total offense a game. Prior to transferring to UMass, Speller started in 10 games for Syracuse during his redshirt freshman season of 2009.

"[Speller] Played very well at his All-Star game last year and has proved that he belongs at the highest levels of football," said Shock General Manager Ryan Rigmaiden.

Cameron Stephenson (6-3, 325), formerly of Rutgers University, joins the Shock for his first season in the Arena Football League. After graduating junior college at Los Angeles Harbor College in 2003, Stephenson accepted a scholarship to Rutgers University where he switched between offensive and defensive line positions before settling in at right guard in 2006 and earning second-team all-Big East honors. After completing his collegiate career, Stephenson entered the NFL draft and was selected in the fifth-round (156th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. He would go on to spent the next four years in the NFL with multiple franchises (Green Bay, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Jacksonville, San Diego) before joining the Hartford Colonials of the UFL in 2010 where he started at right guard.

"Cameron is a former 5th Round draft pick with a pretty impressive NFL resume. He's another player that we're very excited about," said Shock General Manager Ryan Rigmaiden.

Courtesy: Ryan Eucker, Spokane Shock

  • Spokane Empire

    • Empire drop 3rd straight game against Crush

      The Spokane Empire (7-5, 6-3) dropped their third straight game when they lost to the Colorado Crush (3-9, 2-8) on Thursday. Turnovers were the demise for the Empire, as quarterback Charles Dowdell threw..

    • Empire look to get back to winning ways against Crush

      The Spokane Empire (7-4,6-2) will try and end their two-game losing streak when they take on the Colorado Crush (6-4,3-1) on Thursday. This will be the third time these two teams have played this season, with the Empire outscoring the Crush 106-61 in their previous two matchups. The Spokane Empire are coming off a 62-32 loss to the Sioux Falls Storm and a 49-35 loss to the Arizona Rattlers.  This is the first time the Empire have back-to-back losses since the end of the 2016 reg...

    • Empire fall short against Arizona 49-35

      The Arizona Rattlers (7-4, 4-1) defeated the Spokane Empire (7-4, 6-2) in Week 13 of the 2017 IFL regular season at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena by a score of 49-35.

    • Empire and Rattlers battle for Intense Conference supremacy

      The Spokane Empire (7-3, 6-1) and the Arizona Rattlers (6-4, 3-1) will play each other tomorrow at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for first place in the Indoor Football League's Intense Conference. This is the second time these two teams have played each other this season, with the Empire coming out victorious 60-51 on April 22nd. During their last matchup, the Empire's Charles Dowdell threw for 204 yards and six touchdowns in route to Spokane's victory. The Rattlers entered the...

    • Empire's Nick Haag gets shot with New York Giants

      Spokane Empire's Nick Haag will get another shot at the NFL, this time with the New York Giants. Haag received an invite to the Giants' rookie mini camp with hopes of making the final 53-man roster. The Giants' mini camp begins on Friday, which will mean Haag will miss the Empire's matchup against the Arizona Rattlers.

    • Empire fall to Storm 62-32, will play Rattlers Friday

      SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Empire (7-3, 6-1) fell to the Sioux Falls Storm (9-1, 6-1) by a score of 62-32 in Week 12 of the 2017 IFL regular season at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The first half of play showcased why these two teams are ranked at the top of their respective conferences.  Spokane jumped out to a quick seven-point lead as Empire kicker Brendon Garcia’s first half kickoff took a weird bounce away fro...

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Mariners fall to Red Sox 3-0

    Mariners fall to Red Sox 3-0

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox scored runs in bunches in tallying four consecutive victories. They leaned on pitching and defense to earn their latest. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners for their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

    >>

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox scored runs in bunches in tallying four consecutive victories. They leaned on pitching and defense to earn their latest. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners for their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

    >>
  • Mariners beat Nationals 4-2 to snap losing streak

    Mariners beat Nationals 4-2 to snap losing streak

    Nelson Cruz hits three-run home run in route to victory over NationalsNelson Cruz hits three-run home run in route to victory over Nationals

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

    >>
  • New Orleans Saints Honor former Seahawks great Cortez Kennedy

    New Orleans Saints Honor former Seahawks great Cortez Kennedy

    Courtesy: Seattle SeahawksCourtesy: Seattle Seahawks

    The New Orleans Saints opened Organized Team Activities this week, and early Thursday — two days after the passing of Seahawks Legend Cortez Kennedy — the team unveiled a decal on their gold helmets to honor the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle. On Twitter, the Saints announced they will sport a large No. 96 — Kennedy’s jersey number

    >>

    The New Orleans Saints opened Organized Team Activities this week, and early Thursday — two days after the passing of Seahawks Legend Cortez Kennedy — the team unveiled a decal on their gold helmets to honor the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle. On Twitter, the Saints announced they will sport a large No. 96 — Kennedy’s jersey number

    >>