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Arena League/NFL Europe Standout Rejoins Criner

February 20, 2001

LAS VEGAS  – Less than 48 hours after suffering its first loss of the season, the Las Vegas Outlaws added QB Mark Grieb to the roster. Grieb, a product of U.C. Davis who played for Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1998 and has spent the 1997, 1999 and 2000 seasons playing in the Arena League. During the 2000 AFL season, Grieb completed nearly 65% of his passes, amassing nearly 3,200 yards and throwing 62 TD passes and just 3 interceptions.

In order to make room for Grieb on the team’s 45-man roster, the Outlaws waived QB Mike Cawley. Cawley replaced Outlaws starter Ryan Clement following a shoulder separation late in the first quarter Feb. 11 at Memphis and completed 17 of 38 passes for 180 yards in the two games he played. The former CFL, NFL Europe and NFL veteran threw one TD and two INTs in the Outlaws’ 25-3 win at Memphis and Saturday’s 12-9 loss at home to the Los Angeles Xtreme.

“Mark is a very accurate passer and a very intelligent quarterback,” said Criner. “He will compete immediately for the starting job and we expect him to run the offense in a manner very similar to that of both Ryan Clement and Chuck Clements. He played for me in 1998 with the Claymores and has enjoyed great success with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena League.”

Grieb served as a graduate assistant coach at Stanford University during the Cardinal’s 2000 season, assisting offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick and simultaneously pursuing a Masters in Science Education. A South San Jose native, Grieb spent the past two seasons playing for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League, following th 1998 campaign with Criner’s Claymores and the 1997 season with the Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena League.

A 1996 graduate of U.C. Davis, Grieb set school records as a senior after throwing for 3,230 yards and 25 touchdowns. He returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the past three years (1997-99). Grieb was a three-sport athlete at San Jose's Oak Grove High School, also playing basketball and baseball.

Grieb could earn the starting nod on Sunday when the Outlaws travel to San Francisco’s Pac Bell Park to face the Western Division rival Demons (2-1), who join both Las Vegas and Los Angeles atop the XFL West. Clement’s right throwing shoulder continues to be evaluated by the Outlaws team doctors, and his availability both in this week’s practice sessions and for Sunday’s game (televised live nationally on TNN at 1:00 p.m. PT) will be determined throughout the week.

OTHER ROSTER MOVES: Las Vegas DE Ty Parten has been cleared to practice on Wednesday, after a series of tests on the former Kansas City Chief defensive lineman determined that his strained left knee is ready for training. With the activation of Parten, the Outlaws traded S Ron Carpenter to the Los Angeles Xtreme for a future draft pick in order to meet the 45-man roster limit. Carpenter was on the Outlaws’ practice squad for each of the team’s three games, and served as the emergency scrambler at Memphis and vs. Los Angeles.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE: The Outlaws’ players are off both today and Tuesday, and will resume training at the Sam Boyd Stadium practice fields Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 noon to 1:45 p.m. On Friday, the Outlaws will again kick off practice at noon, but are expected to go with a slightly shorter workout before boarding United Airlines flight 2309 on Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. The team will conduct a Saturday afternoon walk-through at the College of San Mateo during the team’s final preparations for Sunday afternoon’s game at Pac Bell.


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