Canadian Football League

Friday, April 22, 2005

Former Canadian Football League Quarter-back signs in AFL2

The Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings' quarterback position, stable for most of the past four seasons under Sherard Poteete, has suddenly become an evolving enterprise.On Tuesday, 2005 starter Caleb Slover and backup Brent Rawls departed the scene after former Wilkes Barre/Scranton Pioneer Tim Hicks was brought in as the starter.Then on Wednesday, the Battle Wings added former Louisiana Tech and Central Arkansas standout Brian Stallworth as a backup to Hicks.Stallworth, who spent the last three seasons with two different teams in the Canadian Football League, was at practice on Wednesday in the CenturyTel Center sharing reps with Hicks."We originally brought Brian in during a preseason workout to get him familiar with our system," Battle Wings coach Keith Barefield said. "When we went through this recent transition, he came in ready to go. The contract details will be worked out in the next few days."Slover was placed on short term injured reserve, but the status of Rawls was still uncertain on Wednesday. Neither Slover nor Rawls were at practice for a second consecutive day.While Stallworth will be the second quarterback on the 21-man roster, when it is submitted to the af2 office at 4 p.m. today, Hicks will be the starter on Saturday night against Amarillo. He brings hefty credentials from last season when he threw for more than 3,000 yards and over 80 touchdowns."I just wanted to play football and I appreciate this opportunity," said Hicks, who couldn't win back his af2 job after a stint in the Arena Football League. "I was hoping to get a chance to play somewhere, so when my coach called me and told me that I was heading to Bossier City, I was excited."At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, Hicks looks a little like Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner and he has a down-home, country boy attitude, according to Battle Wings Player Personnel Director Clay Moose."Not only is he talented, he's just a good guy," Moose said.Hicks is hoping to lead the Battle Wings out of the doldrums of an 0-3 start and he believes the talent is already on the field."There are a lot of good athletes on this team and there seems to be a lot of speed," Hicks said. "Hopefully, we can turn this thing around."Hicks was traded from Wilkes Barre for future considerations.


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