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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

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