TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls signed the first players for the new franchise with a local product and an all-league defensive back.
Robert Metz, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound linebacker and a product of Canyon Del Oro High School, joins the Sugar Skulls after two seasons with the IFL’s Green Bay Blizzard. He was named to the All-IFL second team defense last season and was named defensive player of the week in week 14.
Metz was a team captain at Dixie State University and recorded 217 career tackles, the second highest total in school history. He currently is a volunteer assistant coach at Canyon Del Oro coaching inside linebackers.
The Sugar Skulls also have signed Dee Maggitt Jr., a 5-10, 185-pound defensive back and kick returner. Maggitt was named to the 2016 All-IFL second team defense while playing for the Tri-Cities Fever where he had seven interceptions while appearing in 11 games. He was a starting defensive back and kick returner for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2017.
Maggitt played four years at the University of Hawaii playing in 44 games. He played in all 13 games as a senior and started four.
“We are off to a great start in acquiring the type of talent that will have us competing for a championship from the outset,” said Sugar Skulls Head Coach Marcus Coleman. “We’re focused on players who we know will meet our standards for hard work and mental toughness on an off the field.”
Also signed by the Sugar Skulls this week were:
Carlos Anderson, 6-0, 190 pounds, defensive back. Was a track athlete at Portland State University running the 200-meter dash and on the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams. He also was a triple jumper. Played in 2016 and 2017 with the Kansas City Phantoms of the Champions Indoor Football league.
Micah Eugene, 5-11, 187 pounds, defensive back. Played two years at Louisiana State University and finished his college career at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Diego Marquez, 6-1, 205 pounds, placekicker. Joined the Miami Hurricanes in 2016 and was a backup kicker after being ranked as the No. 10 placekicker in the 2016 recruiting class out of junior college.
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.
“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.