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Outlaws add veteran LB Kurt Gouveia
13-Year NFL Veteran Bolsters Linebacking Corp; RB Vershan Jackson Also Joins Team as Criner Waives Four
December 15, 2000

Only 48 hours after completing the team’s second mini-camp, Las Vegas Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner added two players and waived four others to bring the team’s roster to 68 players with 11 days remaining until the December 29 XFL Supplemental Draft.

Today’s additions include LB Kurt Gouveia, a 13-year NFL veteran who earned Super Bowl rings in 1987 and 1991 with the Washington Redskins, and RB Vershan Jackson, a former Nebraska fullback who has spent the last two NFL training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs after being signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 1998.

“I love this game and am willing to do anything to contribute to this league and this team,” said Gouveia, who lives in San Diego and is the father of five. “The love of the game is in my heart, and I’m sure that the Outlaws will have fun. I’m looking forward to the chance of playing and helping to develop the spectacular young and up-and-coming athletes on our roster. Hopefully, my experience and work ethic will spread to the younger players.”

Gouveia joins the Outlaws as one of the team’s final two territorial protections, with the Hawaiian-born linebacker playing his college ball at BYU. Jackson, a member of Nebraska’s perfect 1994 and 1995 national championship squads, joins seven other Cornhuskers on the Outlaw roster, but did not come to Las Vegas as a territorial selection. Last week, Criner added former UNLV offensive lineman Lonnie Palelei to the Outlaw mix, making him the second former Rebel on the XFL team.

“Kurt has enjoyed a tremendous career, and he still has the burning desire to play,” said Criner, who has posted a 102-80-3 record (.560 winning pct.), won two championships and advanced to five title games during his 13 years as a head coach at Boise State (59-21-1), Iowa State (17-25-2) and with the Scottish Claymores (26-34) of NFL Europe. “Fortunately for us, he still has incredible ability and has kept himself in tip-top shape. We will look to Kurt to provide leadership and to set the tempo for what will be important to our players and to help establish what we need to successfully attain our goal of winning the inaugural XFL championship.”

The Outlaws have used all but one of the team’s fifteen 2000 territorial selections from UNLV, BYU and Nebraska, with 12 of these players on the 70-man Las Vegas roster entering January’s training camp. One former BYU player, OL Scott Brumfield, retired early last week, while former Nebraska LB Mike Croel was traded to the Los Angeles Xtreme on draft day in exchange for LB Joseph Tuipala, the first trade in XFL history.

“Vershan is a big, physical, prototypical H-back, with the ability to run, block and catch the ball,” said Criner, noting that Jackson was a tight end during his first three seasons at Nebraska. “He will compete for the starting H-back position.”

WAIVED: The Outlaws also released four players - QB Chris Kasteler, LB Tom Matijacic, K Mike Scott and DE Andre Wray.

SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT: Each XFL team will be permitted to select up to 70 players in the league’s Supplemental Draft, which will begin at 6:00 a.m. PT on Friday, December 29. With each team already at 68-70 players, rebuilding a team from scratch probably only occurs in theory, but the draft will only end after each XFL team has elected to “pass” on its selection in a particular round. Players currently on NFL rosters, practice squads, and those able to come to an agreement with the XFL by the 29th will compose the player pool for the Supplemental Draft.

On January 1, 2001, the four XFL Western Conference teams come to Las Vegas for January’s Training Camp. The Outlaws will be joined at the Sam Boyd Stadium practice fields by the Los Angeles Xtreme, while the Memphis Maniax will train at Foothill High School in Henderson and the San Francisco Demons will train at Cimarron Memorial High School in northwest Las Vegas, near Summerlin.


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