INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TUCSON SUGAR SKULLS

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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have added players on both sides of the ball signing a running back, a defensive back and a linebacker.

Entering the franchise’s first season, the Sugar Skulls now have 14 players signed. The team plans to enter camp in February with up to 40 players. During the season, 25 players will be on the roster with 21 active for each game. The 14-game season begins the first weekend in March.

The newest signees are:

Kenny James, defensive back, 5’11”, 205 pounds. Played two years at Southern Illinois University where he appeared in 22 games and recorded 153 tackles. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Transferred to Division II Ferris State University for his final year where he was fifth on the team with 59 total tackles and two interceptions. Was honorable mention all-league.

Mike Jones, running back, 5’11”, 210 pounds. In a five-year career at Bethune-Cookman University, which included on redshirt year, he rushed for 1,842 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Led the team in rushing in sophomore and senior seasons.

Darius Morris, linebacker, 6’0”, 227 pounds. Played two years at Mesa Community College and one year at Division II Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. At Carson-Newman he appeared in eight games with 23 tackles and had one tackle for loss.

Prospective players interested in contacting the Sugar Skulls can send game video and biographical information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Tucson Sugar Skulls are in their first year of operation as an expansion franchise of the Indoor Football League. The team will begin its inaugural season in March with home games at the Tucson Arena.

Mission Statement:

“To consistently serve our Guests (Ticket Holders), Partners (Sponsors), and our Homes (Teams Cities) with the highest level of professional indoor football, and to do so with integrity, affordability, and passion, both on the field and around the communities in which we play.”

The Indoor Football League was founded in 2008, and has just concluded its 10th season in 2018. 

Tucson Convention Center Arena in downtown Tucson has been host to a variety of shows and events. TCC is operated by SMG. SMG is the “gold standard” in public facility management and they have the programs, systems and talent in place to ensure that all SMG-managed facilities run smoothly and every event they host feels like a celebration.  

The Tucson Convention Center / Arena is host to more than 500,000 guests annually, and is home to the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners.
The team name and team colors have yet to be announced.  

For more information visit www.tucsonindoorfootball.com or you can follow the team on Twitter at @tucsonindoorfb, Facebook at Tucson Indoor Football.

 

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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have signed two more wide receivers and a defensive lineman to their roster which is now at 11 players.

The Sugar Skulls first preseason camp will open in late January. An open tryout is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Kino Sports Complex.

The signees are:

Jarid Brown, wide receiver, 6-0, 190 pounds. Completed his college career in 2017 as a graduate transfer at Western Illinois University after four years at Ohio University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication. Played in 11 games at Western Illinois and recorded five catches for 67 yards and played in the FCS playoffs.

Rusmin Nikocevic, defensive lineman, 6-4, 265 pounds. Started six games with the Omaha Beef of the Champions Indoor Football league and recorded 5½ sacks. Was named a team captain in his senior season at Texas State University in 2015 where he led the team with 6½ tackles for losses and five quarterback hurries.

Brandon Sampson, wide receiver, 5-9, 180 pounds. Played two years at Midwestern State University, an NCAA Division II school in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he played in 22 games with 33 catches for 370 yards and three touchdowns. Also played two years of junior college football at Monterey Peninsula College. Will be a rookie in the Indoor Football League.

Here is an up-to-date list of players signed by the Tucson Sugar Skulls:

Name                          Pos     Ht        Wt       College

  • Carlos Anderson         DB       6-0       185      Portland State University
  • Jarid Brown                 WR      6-0       190      Western Illinois University
  • Cam Gaddis                DB       6-1       195      Pima Community College
  • Dee Maggitt Jr.           DB       5-10     185      University of Hawaii
  • Diego Marquez           K          6-0       200      University of Miami
  • Robert Metz                LB        6-4       240      Dixie State University
  • Rusmin Nikocevic       DL       6-4       265      Texas State University
  • Antonio Rosales          OL       6-4       305      San Diego State University
  • Brandon Sampson      WR      5-9       180      Midwestern State University
  • Alex Wheat Jr.            WR      6-4       225      Utah State University
  • Tasleem Wilson          QB       6-4       225      Limestone College

Open Tryout Nov. 10

The Tucson Sugar Skulls will be holding an open tryout on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Kino Sports Complex. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the tryout begins at 9 a.m. All players must register and pay an $80 fee in cash or money order. No debit or credit cards will be accepted.

Participants must provide their own cleats, shorts and accessories. The tryout is non-contact, therefore pads and helmets are not necessary. Participants must be prepared upon their arrival – no locker room facilities will be available, although restrooms will be accessible.

The coaching staff, including Head Coach Marcus Coleman, will evaluate participants in the 40-yard dash, short shuttles and position drills.

Links to film and player resumes can be sent anytime to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Players trying out must have exhausted their high school eligibility. All players trying out will be required to sign a waiver at registration.

The Tucson Sugar Skulls are in their first year of operation as an expansion franchise of the Indoor Football League. The team will begin its inaugural season in March with home games at the Tucson Arena.

Mission Statement:

“To consistently serve our Guests (Ticket Holders), Partners (Sponsors), and our Homes (Teams Cities) with the highest level of professional indoor football, and to do so with integrity, affordability, and passion, both on the field and around the communities in which we play.”

The Indoor Football League was founded in 2008, and has just concluded its 10th season in 2018. 

Tucson Convention Center Arena in downtown Tucson has been host to a variety of shows and events. TCC is operated by SMG. SMG is the “gold standard” in public facility management and they have the programs, systems and talent in place to ensure that all SMG-managed facilities run smoothly and every event they host feels like a celebration.  

The Tucson Convention Center / Arena is host to more than 500,000 guests annually, and is home to the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners.
The team name and team colors have yet to be announced.  

For more information visit www.tucsonindoorfootball.com or you can follow the team on Twitter at @tucsonindoorfb, Facebook at Tucson Indoor Football.

 

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The Tucson Sugar Skulls announced the signing of three more players to their inaugural roster including former Santa Rita defensive standout Cam Gaddis. According to former Santa Rita head coach Jeff Scurran, Gaddis was a driving force on those powerful Eagle squads.

“I’ve stayed close to Cam for a long time and he’s been like a machine, always working and looking for that ray of light and I think this is a great opportunity for him,” Scurran said.

“I think Tucson will be happy. He was always a playmaker on defense. I can come up with a dozen examples of how he changed games but the one that stands out was when he came through with a 95-yard interception return to help defeat Sabino in 2009 (27-16).

“Cam stood out physically and he reminded me of Deion Sanders and he talks and is in constant motion but he always backed up his talk and he used it for self-motivation. I think this is perfect and a great opportunity.”

According to the club, the roster is now up to seven players of 25 that will make up the team when it begins play in March. The Sugar Skulls first preseason camp will open in late January. An open tryout is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Kino Sports Complex.

The three signees are:

Cam Gaddis, wide receiver/defensive back, 6-1, 193 pounds. Played at Santa Rita through 2010 and at Pima Community College in 2011 and 2012. Caught 25 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. Gaddis has played three years of indoor football with the Duke City Gladiators, Billings Wolves and Omaha Beef.

Alex Wheat Jr., wide receiver, 6-4, 225 pounds. Finished his college career at Coastal Carolina in 2015 where he had 17 catches for 170 yards. Played two years at Utah State University and earned a bachelor’s degree before taking a graduate transfer to Coastal Carolina. Originally from Alpharetta, Georgia, he played wide receiver at Palomar College, a junior college in Southern California where he earned second-team All-Southern Conference honors with 47 receptions for 854 yards and 11 touchdowns. Played one year with the Spokane Empire of the Indoor Football League in 2016. Is the nephew of Ted Ginn Jr. of the New Orleans Saints.

Tasleem “Taz” Wilson, quarterback, 6-4, 230 pounds. Was a 2014 signee of the University of Alabama-Birmingham out of Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. He eventually landed in junior college, including one year at Mesa Community College in Arizona. He finished his college career in 2017 at Limestone College, an NCAA Division II school in Gaffney, South Carolina. Currently is the team captain for the Georgia Cardinals of the 7-team Development Football International league which has teams in California and on the East Coast.

Mission Statement:

“To consistently serve our Guests (Ticket Holders), Partners (Sponsors), and our Homes (Teams Cities) with the highest level of professional indoor football, and to do so with integrity, affordability, and passion, both on the field and around the communities in which we play.”

The Indoor Football League was founded in 2008, and has just concluded its 10th season in 2018. 

Tucson Convention Center Arena in downtown Tucson has been host to a variety of shows and events. TCC is operated by SMG. SMG is the “gold standard” in public facility management and they have the programs, systems and talent in place to ensure that all SMG-managed facilities run smoothly and every event they host feels like a celebration.  

The Tucson Convention Center / Arena is host to more than 500,000 guests annually, and is home to the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners.
The team name and team colors have yet to be announced.  

For more information visit www.tucsonindoorfootball.com or you can follow the team on Twitter at @tucsonindoorfb, Facebook at Tucson Indoor Football.

 

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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls added a third local player to their roster with the signing of Antonio Rosales, a graduate of Tucson High Magnet School and San Diego State University.

Rosales, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive lineman, grew up on the San Xavier Indian Reservation which is part of the Tohono O’odham Nation. He said representing his family and his Nation by playing professional football has been a long-held dream.

“I’ve always played football with the mindset that I am doing this for my people – the Tohono O'odham Nation and Oglala Lakota Nation,” Rosales said. “Being able to do what I love at a professional level has always been the dream, and I know this platform can help me excel further as a professional football player.

“While at San Diego State my family was able to make it to most of my games. It’s a six-hour drive from Tucson to San Diego so playing here is definitely going to make it a lot easier for them to see me play. It gives my family an excuse to see each other almost every weekend and be able to come out and have fun watching us play.”

Rosales graduated from Tucson High Magnet School in 2013 and was a second-team All-Southern Arizona selection by the Arizona Daily Star. He was a three-star recruit by ESPN and 247sports.com and was recruited to San Diego State. He was with the Aztecs for five years, including a redshirt year, and played in 28 games in his last three seasons. Rosales earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from SDSU.

“The Nation is very proud to see one of our own achieve this great success,” said Verlon Jose, Vice Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation. “Antonio is an inspiration to O’odham youth as well as youth across Southern Arizona, showing what can be accomplished through dedication and hard work. His family, friends and the entire community are excited to have him playing for our hometown Sugar Skulls.”

Rosales is the eighth player to sign with the Sugar Skulls. Prospective players can send biographical information and game film to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An open tryout is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Kino Sports Complex at 2500 E. Ajo Way.

The Tucson Sugar Skulls are in their first year of operation as an expansion franchise of the Indoor Football League. The team will begin its inaugural season in March with home games at the Tucson Arena.

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