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.

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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.