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Outlaws Camp Notes - Day 1

Several members of the media as well as many of the Outlaws’ 30 skills players came away from Las Vegas’ first-ever training session very impressed with the amount of speed displayed on the field. The receiving corp, led by former New Mexico QB Donald Sellers and Purdue standout Randall Lane, impressed the crowd gathered at Green Valley High School in Henderson, a Vegas suburb, with several acrobatic catches.

Sellers, who played for Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner and Offensive Coordinator Vince Alcalde in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores during the last two years, is a multi-talented warrior who broke his nose on a touchdown catch for Criner last spring and lost teeth on another play in a different game, but NEVER missed a down for the Claymores. His experience as the Lobos’ QB during their 1997 WAC Championship season has enabled him to employ his deft ability at reading defenses from the WR positions, and signaling audibles to other skill positions on the field.

Lane and local wideout Todd Floyd, a former UNLV standout who has spent time in the Buffalo Bills’ camp, ran precise routes and seem to be picking up the offense quickly, while Reggie Swinton, Nakia Jenkins, Tyrone Taylor and Mike Furrey also are clicking with QBs Chuck Clements, Chris Kasteler, Ryan Clement and Ty Grovesteen.

Boise State product Corey Nelson has such blazing speed that he has set several NCAA track records and was a 400-meter relay alternate for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field team.

The Outlaws’ rushing attack combines the speed Criner desires with big bodies able to plow through the line and move the chains during those cold-weather days in Chicago and New York next spring. Former Louisville RB Leroy Collins, the Outlaws’ first back selected, stands 5-11, 210 and is the second SMALLEST running back in camp, with only 5-9, 185 fireplug Rod Smart weighing in lesser on the scales.

Big-school backs from Arkansas, Cal and Miami dot the RB depth chart, as former Razorback Chrys Chukwuma (6-0/232) is joined by Cal’s Tyrone Edwards (6-1/225) and former Hurricane Carlo Joseph, who ran for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore for Miami before spending the next two seasons blocking for current NFL superstar Edgerrin James. Joseph, at 6-0, 225, is reunited with his QB at Miami, Ryan Clement, and is joined in the backfield by two more RBs, both from smaller schools: Ohio Northern’s Ben Snell (6-1/233) and the team’s biggest back, Orlando Smith, a 6-0, 250 lb. bulldozer from Cincinnati.

REUNITED: While RB Carlo Joseph rejoins former Hurricane teammate Ryan Clement, currently battling for the team’s backup QB job, C Lamont Burns and the Outlaws’ top XFL draft selection, QB Chuck Clements, are happy to again be wearing the same colors after they spent time together with the New York Jets organization.

INJURY UPDATE: Outlaws QB Chris Kasteler and his throwing hand are fine after knocking the local ABC affiliate’s camera out of the shooter’s hands during his follow-through following one of his many deep throws on Tuesday.

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