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Tri-Cities Fever add 5 New Players to Roster; Re-sign 2 Veterans

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KENNEWICK, WA - The Tri-Cities Fever announced Thursday the new signings of defensive back Terry Shankle (5’11”, 185 lbs.) from North Carolina, center Aaron Hall (6’4”, 330 lbs.) from Southern University, wide receiver Terrill Barnes (6’2”, 210 lbs.) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, safety Javon Harris (5’11”, 210 lbs.) from the University of Oklahoma, and wide receiver Lance Ray (6’1”, 209 lbs.) from East Carolina University.

Terry Shankle has battled back from injuries during his time as a Tar Heel and is poised to have his potential explode for the Fever in 2015.  In limited time at UNC, Shankle still amassed 60 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. He is from Norwood, NC and attended South Stanly High where he was rated by Rivals as the number 20 Cornerback in the country and #1 in “hands”. Now that Terry is finally healthy, he is hungry to show what he can do on the field for the Fever.

Aaron Hall was recently in camp with the Arizona Cardinals and was a HBCU All-American while at the Jaguars of Southern University, where he was a four year starter at Center. Overcoming a major knee injury in college has pushed Hall to become a more focused and determined player, ready to take a crack at making the lineup out of camp.

Wide Receiver Terrill Barnes was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins and spent time in camp with previous Fever rookie signing Mike Box. Both played together at IUP and are hoping to have the same chance to dazzle crowds with the Fever.

Barnes put up great numbers with Box throwing him the ball, catching 63 passes for 1,014 yards and hauling in 8 touchdowns his senior season. Barnes also averaged 11.6 yards on 13 punt returns and had three rushing carries for 42 yards, showing his ability to be a multi-dimensional player on the Fever’s roster. Barnes attended Gettysburg Area High School and Lackawanna Junior College in Pennsylvania prior to joining the Crimson Hawks of  IUP.

Javon Harris was recently released by the Arizona Cardinals, where he signed as an undrafted free agent.  He will join the Fever defensive backfield as a rookie in 2015. Harris has great versatility.  He played strong safety in college, was working at free safety for the Cardinals, and even played running back and wide receiver in high school along with his cornerback duties.

When rosters are as limited as they are in the IFL, guys with that type of ability range are a great commodity to have on your team. Harris is from Lawton, OK and attended MacArthur High School where he was a SuperPrep All American.

Speedy wide receiver Lance Ray joins the Fever and looks to step into the return specialist role as well as wide receiver for the team in the upcoming season.  He spent some time in the Seattle Seahawks camp. Ray started his career at Arkansas, but left the Razorbacks to attend East Carolina University so he could get more opportunities to play.

Ray is from Quincy, FL and attended East Gadsden High where he was rated by Rivals as the 59th-best athlete in the country for high school seniors. The Fever look forward to seeing what the speedster can do in 2015.

In addition to the rookies signed, the Fever also re-signed two of their defensive line players from last year’s squad, Sean McDonald (6’2”, 320 lbs.) and Brandon Rankin (6’4”, 270 lbs.)  The duo really began to gel in the second half of last season, and with the addition of the rookies, the Fever D-Line group should be one to be reckoned with in 2015.

Additionally, the Fever released quarterback Dante Warren who started the season as the starting QB, and wide receiver Ed Berry. They both have retired from football to take high school coaching positions in the midwest. 
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