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March 28, 2001

LAS VEGAS – Facing a must-win game this Sunday against the San Francisco Demons, the Las Vegas Outlaws again added another offensive weapon to the roster, claiming WR Tavarus Hogans from the XFL Player Pool. Hogans, a 5-10, 191-lb. speedster out of Vanderbilt University, spent last fall in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training camp with current Outlaws wideout Yo Murphy. Outlaws LB Marcel Willis was placed on the league’s injured reserve list with a strained right knee, creating the roster spot now occupied by Hogans.

Last week, Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner added two players to the attack, claiming offensive center/guard Aaron Graham and wideout Eric Guliford. Offensive lineman Tony Berti and WR Yo Murphy are two other offensive additions who have joined the Outlaws since their 16-9 win on Feb. 25 at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco against the Demons.

“Hogans is a very tough receiver who is willing to go across the middle and do whatever he has to do to help his team win,” says Outlaws Director of Player Personnel Don Gregory. “He has the speed (4.48 40) to rack up yards after the catch, and his excellent hands make him a valuable addition on kickoff and punt returns. He’s definitely a playmaker.”

Hogans, born on August 16, 1978, was signed by the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt nearly one year ago. Despite pulling a hamstring during the preseason, Hogans survived until the final Tampa Bay roster cuts and was a consideration for the team’s practice squad. During his college career at Vanderbilt, Hogans was a four-year letterman who posted 110 catches for 1,145 yards and 7 TDs. His 1999 senior campaign saw him start all 11 Commodore games and post career-highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (837) and yards-per-catch (15.8).

A native of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Hogans was a two-year all-state WR and all-district CB out of Walton High School. He also played baseball, basketball and ran track, finishing third in state in the 100 meter dash. Academically, Hogans ranked sixth in his class and was class president for three years.


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