RAIDERS BOLSTER DEFENSE WITH YOUNG TALENT

Three-time ACC champion at Virginia Tech highlights latest round of
signings

The Raiders have inked three young players to 2013 contracts, and while they all maybe rookies to the indoor game, their experience in NFL training camps and hunger tomake it back to the big stage give the Raider coaching staff confidence that they will make significant contributions to the team this year.

Davon Morgan spent eight years terrorizing offenses in Richmond high schools and inthe ACC, and is now ready to strike fear into the hearts of opposing quarterbacks in the PIFL. After a standout career at Richmond’s Varina High School where he played quarterback and free safety, Morgan went on to Virginia Tech. As a true freshman, he started on special teams for Coach Frank Beamer and worked his way into the rotation in the defensive secondary. He was named a starting safety heading into his sophomore year, but suffered a season-ending knee injury five games in. After recovering, he started every game his last two years and was named second team All-ACC as a senior after notching five interceptions and finishing second on the team in tackles. Morgan was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets. Unable to participate in team activities due to the lockout, he was released and moved back to Richmond where he still works as an in-home youth counselor.

Kashif Walls starred as a wide receiver at West Virginia Tech, but also contributed on the defensive side of the ball, and it’s on defense that Coach James Fuller sees Walls making a serious contribution to the Raiders. Walls registered 12 tackles and four interceptions his senior year at Tech making spot appearances at DB, and racked up over 1200 receiving yards, averaging over 18 yards per reception, and scored 16 touchdowns. He was invited to a Baltimore Ravens combine earlier this year. Walls did not play football in high school but quickly made his mark at the collegiate level, and was named an All-American his junior and senior years.

J’Courtney Williams joins the Raiders as a rookie to indoor football who hopes to make an impact at the mac linebacker position. He was a two-sport star at Christchurch High School on Virginia’s eastern shore, but was heavily recruited as a football player after appearing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and making virtually everyone’s Top 10 list in his class of linebackers. He committed to the University of Virginia, then later transferred to Liberty University where he completed his eligibility. Morgan, Walls, and Williams will look to make an impact for a Raider defense that led the league in total defense and dominated in takeaways, turning their opponents over 32 times in 12 regular season games in 2012. The Raiders held opposing offenses to fewer than 50 points per game en route to a tie for first place in the regular season standings and, after recording the first playoff win in team history, a berth in the PIFL Championship Game.

The Raiders’ 2013 season will start March 16 when the Raiders take on the Charlotte
Speed at the Richmond Coliseum. To order season or group tickets, visit
www.richmondraidersprofootball.com or call the Raider office at (804) 780-0430.
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