RICHMOND RAIDERS ADD FOUR MORE PLAYERS
Charles leads latest group of additions to 2014 roster
Veteran linebacker Raibonne Charles (Maine) is among four players signed to contracts for the 2014 season, the Richmond Raiders announced today. PIFL veteran wide receiver Daniel Lee (Shaw), rookie wideout Jonathan Fisher (NC State), and rookie defensive back Brian Frierson (NC Central) also joined the team.
Raibonne Charles had a strong rookie campaign with the Raiders in 2013, providing some much needed versatility at linebacker and defensive lineman. “He also adds a lot of value on special teams,” added Raiders head coach James Fuller. Charles memorably forced and recovered a fumble on a kickoff return against Albany on May 4, which helped spur a 28-0 run by the Raiders that erased a 23 point deficit. “With a season under his belt, we hope that he can continue to give our defense that energy he provided last season,” Fuller said. Charles finished the season with two sacks and numerous instances of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Daniel Lee suited up for the Columbus Lions last season, and contributed at wide receiver – including a couple of catches against the Raiders on May 25 – while also notching an interception as a defensive back. Lee fits the mold of athletes who can play more than one position – an important quality that Coach Fuller looks for in players. “He’s a special player with true two-way ability. To have a skill player that can play both sides of the ball in our game is huge, and hopefully we can take advantage of Lee’s talent,” he stated.
Jonathan Fisher played at NC State under head coach Tom O’Brien. He was used primarily at running back for the Wolfpack, but will slide to the outside and play wide receiver for the Raiders. “Fisher is a good young player. We plan on using him a few different ways,” Fuller indicated. “His ability to run the ball and catch it out of the backfield is definitely something we are excited about.” Fisher was invited to the NFL Combine in 2013.
Brian Frierson played in every game his last three seasons at North Carolina Central and was a starter by his senior year. In that senior campaign, he grabbed two interceptions, defended an additional four passes, and was fourth on the team with 45 tackles. Fuller believes Frierson can adapt quickly to the faster indoor game. “Brian is the type of cover guy you want – a quick DB with cover skills, who plays bigger than he is, and has the ability to break on the ball and make plays,” he said.
2014 season and group event tickets are now on sale on the Raiders’ website, www.RichmondRaidersProFootball.com, and the Raiders’ ticket hotline at 804-780-0430. The 2014 home opener will be April 12 in a Championship Game rematch against the Alabama Hammers. Season tickets start at $35, and groups can call the hotline to get customized event packages and prices. 2014 will mark the Raiders’ fifth season of professional indoor football in the Richmond Coliseum, and third in the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). The team has reached the league’s championship game in each of the last two seasons and has the league’s best home record (13-1) over that span.
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