Danger Sign First Players in Franchise History
Article posted on: 2010-10-25 00:00:00
The Bosselman Family of Companies, Bosselman Entertainment LLC and the Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team are pleased to announce
the signing of Willie Tuitama, Brandon Lopez, Andrew Gamboa and Tommy Phelps.
Willie Tuitama, a 6’4" 220 lb. QB from the University of Arizona as an All PAC-10 player, he finished college with 9,216 yards passing and 67 TDs. Holiday Bowl MVP against BYU. 24-35 325 yds 3 TDS One of five quarterbacks to receive All-Pac-10 consideration and was an honorable mention selection in 2007... Helped Arizona finish No. 10 nationally in passing with a school-record 308 yards per game... Set school records for season passing yards (3,683), touchdowns (28), completions (327), attempts (524)... Set school records for 510 passing yards and 517 yards in total offense at Washington, earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honor... Set school record with 3,520 yards in total offense and is No. 5 on the UA career chart with 5,759 yards... No. 3 on UA chart with 6,123 yards passing, trailing the top mark by 1,500 yards... Completed 62 percent of this throws, the second-best mark in UA annals... Threw for five touchdowns against NAU and Washington, No. 2 in the Wildcat record book... Had 30 completions for 446 yards and three scores against New Mexico, a school-record 42 completions on record 61 throws and 309 yards at Cal, and 38 completions for school-record 510 yards at Washington... Did it all in first iteration of a new offense... Considered a question mark after a banged-up sophomore year, Tuitama came through in a big way, starting and finishing all 12 games... His 2006 season was abbreviated by hits to the head at LSU, vs. UCLA and ASU, effectively causing him to miss much of five games... First play of the game at LSU drew a roughing the passer penalty but also changed the complexion of his season... Completed 56 percent, throwing for 1,335 yards and seven scores on the year... Then career-high 24 completions on career-high 41 attempts against Washington, with 308 yards... Career-long 78-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson at WSU... Opened Oregon victory with eight-for-nine passing and two scores to post career-best single-game 274.22 pass efficiency rating, then sat down for second half... Had 93 consecutive passes thrown without an interception bridging the 2006-07 seasons, a game shy of UA record of 128... Clearly one of the top themes in UA football for 2005 was his emergence in the seventh game of the year and his leadership and play the rest of the way... Came out of a planned redshirt year to play in five and start the final four games, providing an immediate team-wide spark... Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors in that short span from The Sporting News ... Finished with a 58 percent completion rate, hitting 82 of 142 attempts for nine scores and 1,105 yards... His 136.99 pass efficiency rating stacks up as No. 6 in UA history... Led the Cats to victory with career-best 335 yards passing in his first start on the road at Oregon State and a week later over No. 7-ranked UCLA with a 204-yard effort... In his first action off the bench vs. No. 15 Oregon, he completed 18 of 34 throws for two scores and 182 yards... Threw ’05 season-long bomb of 75 yards to Mike Thomas for a score at OSU and a 68-yarder to Anthony Johnson to set up another score against the Beavs... Season highs of 21 completions, 42 attempts and 3 INT vs. Washington... Was the lone quarterback signee in the class of 2005.
Brandon Lopez comes to the Danger being a very versatile player. He has the ability to play offense or defense as with his experience at Arizona. Expected to continue as a kick coverage regular and providing blocking back duty... Had two tackles on special teams... Caught one pass for five yards and contributed five solo tackles on kick units in 2006... Switched from linebacker in 2005 fall camp... Special teams starter... Started the Oregon and Washington games in 2005... No rushing attempts, but caught four passes for 35 yards, including a 16-yarder for a key first down at Oregon State... Worked at the weak side linebacker spot in his redshirt freshman 2005 season... Also worked on defense scout teams in 2004... Was a prep offensive standout that Mike Stoops felt could play either way.
In 2007, Andrew Gamboa made 47 tackles in 11 games for the Lions from his middle linebacker position...recorded a season-high nine tackles against Ouachita Baptist (Sept. 1)...picked off a pass and tallied seven tackles in the season opener against Pittsburg State (Aug. 25)...also had seven tackles against West Texas A&M (Sept. 15)...posted a season-high five solo tackles against Southeastern Oklahoma (Oct. 6)...shared in a tackle for loss against Angelo State (Oct. 20)...had a pass break up in three-different contests...closed out the season with a five-tackle effort, including four solo tackles against Southwestern Oklahoma State (Nov. 10). Prior to A&M, named 2006 Preseason All-American by the NJCAA at Mesa Community College...led the team in tackles as a sophomore...lettered three years in football at Skyline High School...a two-time player of the week honoree as a senior...earned class 5A honorable mention all-state honors. Born November 7, 1986. Son of Steve and Margaret Gamboa.
Tommy Phelps comes to the Danger after playing half a season last year with the Green Bay Blizzard. At Memphis, played 23 games over two seasons...Was the defensive recipient of the first-ever Top Newcomer Award at the `07 Blue-Gray Game...Logged time at linebacker and with the special teams unit in 11 of the Tigers' 13 games in `07...Totaled 31 tackles, three TFL and one PBU...Registered seven games with three or more tackles...Saw first game action against Jacksonville St....Credited with a career-high seven tackles, including three solos, against USM... Registered four tackles, all solo strikes, in New Orleans Bowl.
The Danger also signed Maurice Mansfield a WR/RB from Hastings College and Everett Roberts from Northern Iowa.