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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have signed Kent Shelby, one of the leading receivers from the 2019 IFL champion Sioux Falls Storm.

Shelby, 6’2, 210 pounds, caught 43 passes for 518 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Storm who finished with an overall record of 14-3 including three playoff victories and the United Bowl championship. He caught three passes for 38 yards in a first-round playoff victory over the Sugar Skulls. In the United Bowl victory over the Arizona Rattlers, Shelby caught three passes for 19 yards and two touchdowns.

The signing gives the Sugar Skulls two of the top receivers in the IFL. Tucson previously signed Ryan Balentine, the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 United Bowl, and the leader in most receiving categories in the 2019 season while playing for the Iowa Barnstormers. The duo will be on the receiving end of passes from the 2019 IFL MVP, quarterback Daquan Neal who signed with the Sugar Skulls earlier this month.

Shelby played college football at McNeese State where he had 80 career receptions and 1,285 receiving yards. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2018 and participated in the Chargers rookie mini-camp.

The Sugar Skulls now have 16 players signed for the 2020 season. Training camp begins in late February or early March depending on the season schedule which will be released later this month.

The 16 signees are:

Name                          Pos        Ht        Wt       College

Ryan Balentine           WR         6'1       180      Southern Mississippi

Adolphus Barnes        OL          6'4       285      Eastern Illinois

Kordell Brewster         OL          6'2       270      UL-Lafayette

Cory Butler                  DB/WR   5'9       180      Utah

Cam Gaddis                DB          6'1       195      Pima Community College

Jajuan Harley              DB          6'2       215      Middle Tennessee State

Jeremiah Harris          WR         5'8       155      Webber International

Mike Jones                  RB          5'11     210      Bethune-Cookman

Lawrence Keys           OL          6'2       300      UNC-Pembroke

TreQuan King             RB          5'11     190      Texas Tech

Johnny McCrary          QB          6'4       210      Vanderbilt

Robert Metz                DL          6'4       240      Dixie State

Michael Minter Jr.       DB          6,0       175      Middle Tennessee State

Daquan Neal               QB          6'2       215      Elizabeth City State

Koree Reed                 WR         6'0       185      Hartwick College

Kent Shelby                WR         6'2       210      McNeese State

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

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TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have signed two more players for the 2020 season – Texas Tech running back TreQuan King, and offensive lineman Adolphus Barnes from Eastern Illinois University.

The new signees are:

TreQuan King, 5’11, 190 pounds, running back. Played two seasons at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, and became the primary running back his sophomore season. In 2017, he was one of Texas Tech’s top rushing options, appearing in all 13 games. He finished his career at Texas Tech with 783 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Adolphus Barnes, 6’4, 285 pounds, offensive line. Has played on the line on both sides of the ball. In 2014, Barnes started all 12 games at offensive left tackle and helped block for the nation's 13th-ranked team in total offense and 11th-ranked rushing offense.

These additions now put the Sugar Skulls at 15 players on the roster. The team will carry 40 into training camp, and trim down to 25 before the start of the season.

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July. The 2020 IFL schedule is expected to be released later this month.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have added five players to their 2020 roster including a wide receiver who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 United Bowl.

The additions put the Sugar Skulls’ roster at 13 players headed toward the 2020 season. The team will sign approximately 40 players for training camp and will cut down to 25 players for the season.

The five players signed are:

Ryan Balentine, 6’1”, 180 pounds, wide receiver, University of Southern Mississippi. The 2018 United Bowl MVP led the league in multiple receiving categories for the Iowa Barnstormers last season with 89 receptions for 1,084 yards, a per-game average of 77.4 yards and 28 touchdowns. He rejoins his quarterback, Daquan Neal, who signed with the Sugar Skulls on Oct. 2.

Cory Butler, 5’9”, 180 pounds, defensive back/ wide receiver, University of Utah. Butler played two years at Utah, playing on both sides of the ball and started 21 games over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He caught 20 passes for the Utes in the 2016 season and also had three interceptions. He played two games with the San Diego Strike Force last season.

Kordell Brewster, 6’2”, 270 pounds, offensive line, University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Brewster anchored the middle of the offensive line last season for the Rajin’ Cajuns who reached the Sun Belt Conference championship game and played in the Auto Nation Cure Bowl.

Michael Minter Jr., 6’0”, 175 pounds, defensive back, Middle Tennessee State. Minter played four seasons at Middle Tennessee State, finishing his career with 49 total tackles and two interceptions while starting in 12 games in his senior year. He played five games for the league champion Sioux Falls Storm last season and recorded 15 tackles. He is the son of former NFL defensive back Michael Minter who played for the Carolina Panthers.

Lawrence Keys, 6’2”, 300 Pounds, offensive line, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Keys played for the Carolina Cobras in the National Arena League last season. The Cobras finished with a 9-5 record. He also spent part of the 2018 season with the Arizona Rattlers.

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July. The 2020 IFL schedule is expected to be released later this month.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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