The headline of this article says it all. But, with the addition of Omarr Smith as the new Los Angeles KISS head coach and more transactions of players from the now defunct San Jose Sabercats who was the Arena Bowl Champions in 2015 joining the LA KISS roster this year, the question is can the team that has only won 7 games in franchise history become the new Arena Bowl champions in 2016
This year with the work that Coach Smith and Director of Player Personnell Daniel Frazer has done with the teams roster in the off season by adding players with NFL experience as well as knowing what they can do on and off the field as members of the Sabercats.
But, they are still not done, and the team announced on Saturday the addition of more talent from the roster of the Sabercats and the NFL with the signing of wide receiver, DJ Stephens and center, Matt Armstrong. Both Stephens and Armstrong were a part of the San Jose SaberCats 2015 ArenaBowl championship.
“Stephens is a very skilled receiver,” said Coach Smith. He is young but he has experience in this league and will add much needed competition, to an already deep wide receiving core.
Stephens is entering his 5th season in the AFL. He spent his first 3 seasons with the San Antonio Talons, where he became known across the league as the touchdown machine.
Over his last 2 seasons with the team, from 2013-2014, he totaled 35 touchdowns. Stephens was assigned to the San Jose SaberCats for the 2015 season. He appeared in 11 games, racking up 681 receiving yards on 44 receptions, while scoring 11 touchdowns.
The native of Santa Clarita, CA, played 1 season of college football at University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he caught 62 passes for 689 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Prior to the AFL, Stephens was brought into the training camp of the Indianapolis Colts, in 2012. He also attended John F. Kennedy high school in Los Angeles, CA.
Stephens, should be an added weapon on an offense that already has the talented Donovan Morgan on its roster in 2016.
Armstrong is young and talented,” said Coach, Omarr Smith. & He has experience at one of the toughest positions in this league, the center. Armstrong is versatile and he comes with high accolades, being one of the top Division II centers in the country.
Armstrong spent his 2015 rookie season with the San Jose SaberCats. He started 3 games for the SaberCats and saw action in 2 others. Before the AFL, Armstrong was invited to the New Orleans Saints training camp, and participated in all 4 pre-season games, where he acquired valuable NFL experience.
The native of Lansing, Michigan attended Grand Valley State University, where he played 48 games over the course of his career. Armstrong became known as one of the best Division II offensive lineman in the country. During his time as a Laker, he was named to the First-Team All-Great Lakes; 3 times and was the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year; Armstrong ended his collegiate-career by taking home the Rimington Award, an award which is given to the top Division II center in the country.
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