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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.

TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls will conduct an open tryout on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Pueblo High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.

The tryout presents prospective players with an excellent opportunity to take the next step in their professional football careers. Two players from last season’s tryout – offensive lineman Alex Rios and wide receiver Malique Belfort – both earned roster spots from open tryouts.

The tryout will be on Pueblo’s varsity football field and will begin promptly at 9 a.m. All players intending to try out must register and sign a waiver to take part. The cost to participate is $80. Cash and money orders will be the only forms of payment accepted. No debit cards, credit cards or personal checks will be accepted. The general public is invited to attend. Sugar Skulls gear will be sold at the event.

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 Dixie Wooten, will evaluate participants in the 40-yard dash, short shuttles, and position drills.

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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.

Please download and bring these forms with you to tryouts.  IFL Participation Waiver & Player Questionnaire

TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have signed the Indoor Football League’s 2019 Most Valuable Player, quarterback Daquan Neal, to a contract for the 2020 season.

As a rookie in 2019, Neal accounted for 83 touchdowns for the Iowa Barnstormers under head coach Dixie Wooten who is now the head coach of the Sugar Skulls. He threw 59 TD passes, tops in the IFL, and rushed for 24 more. He completed 225 of 317 passes for 2,642 yards, an average of 188.7 yards passing per game, which was second in the league. He also was the IFL’s fourth-leading rusher with 46.4 yards per game.

Neal, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, started at quarterback for the entire 2019 season as the Barnstormers finished second in the league with a 12-2 regular-season record. Neal led his team to a 61-58 come-from-behind victory over the Sugar Skulls in their only meeting of the season in Tucson. He threw for 265 yards and five touchdowns in the game and ran for the winning touchdown with 7 seconds left to play.

“To win a championship you need a strong quarterback and the Sugar Skulls have one,” Wooten said. “He is the MVP. He is one of the most dangerous dual threat QBs in the IFL. He’s a leader, a hard worker, a great teammate, and he gives back to the community.”

Neal played three seasons of college football at Elizabeth City State University. As a senior, he threw for 3,218 yards and rushed for 684. He had a total of 25 touchdowns and earned honorable mention all-league honors.

“I just want to thank the Tucson community and Coach Wooten for welcoming me and for allowing me to continue my career,” Neal said. “It was a great experience both on and off the field last year when we came to Tucson.

“Coach Wooten and I have unfinished business in the IFL and I’m happy for the opportunity to come to Tucson to help make history. I know I’m going to work hard for Coach Wooten and keep progressing as a quarterback. Let’s get this ring, Tucson!”

The Sugar Skulls are entering their second season as a franchise in the IFL after becoming the first team in league history to make the playoffs in its first year as an expansion team.

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 re-signed Cam Gaddis, a defensive back from Santa Rita High School and Pima Community College, as well as wide receiver Koree Reed, who will be new to the team.

Gaddis, 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, started seven games for the Sugar Skulls last year and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He had 23 solo tackles. He has four years of indoor football experience including time with the Duke City Gladiators who will be new to the Indoor Football League in 2020. Gaddis graduated from Santa Rita High School in 2010 and played at Pima Community College in 2011 and 2012.

Reed is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver from Baldwinsville, New York. In just two years at NCAA Division III Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, he had 2,673 receiving yards and 28 touchdown catches, numbers that put him in the top 10 in both categories in school history.

The Sugar Skulls are entering their second season as a franchise in the IFL after becoming the first team in league history to make the playoffs in its first year.

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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