XFL Los Angeles Xtreme Press Release 12
Press Release 12
X’s and O’s
News and Notes from Xtreme Training Camp



Brett Williams (left knee) DE Clemson 6-5 270 10/15/73

Waived/first cut

John Fisher DB Missouri Western 6-0 200 07/28/73

Semisi Heimuli OL Texas A&M 6-1 310 05/15/77

L.C. Stevens WR North Carolina 6-5 218 11/31/74

Bruce Walker DT UCLA 6-3 320 07/18/72


Now the tough part begins.

The Los Angeles Xtreme made its first cut Friday afternoon pairing its original 70-man roster down to 62 by releasing John Fisher, defensive back; Semisi Heimuli, offensive guard; LC Stevens, wide receiver; and Bruce Walker, defensive tackle.

The Xtreme also waived defensive end Brett Williams from Clemson. Williams tore the cartledge in his left knee while making a tackle during a controlled scrimmage against the Las Vegas Outlaws last Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Williams will fly back to Los Angeles today with plans to undergo knee surgery early next week. Xtreme Head Trainer Ulysses Byas estimates Williams recovery time will be four to six weeks.

The Xtreme’s roster stood at 67 players before today’s cuts.

All eight XFL teams must have their rosters paired to 62 by Sunday, January 14. The next cut will be down to 54 players on Sunday, January 21. The Xtreme must have its final roster of 38 players (plus seven on the practice squad) set by the end of training camp on Sunday, January 28.

The Xtreme open its inaugural season in three weeks on Sunday, February 4 against the San Francisco Demons.

Although Stevens was the leading receiver (48 receptions for 619 yards and six touchdowns) for Xtreme Head Coach AL Luginbill last season with the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe, he was caught in the XFL on a team which currently has a logjam of talent at the wide receiver position.

Heimuli, a four year starter at Texas A&M, was looking to make his first active pro roster with the Xtreme.

Fisher, who was the stunt double for Jamie Foxx in Oliver Stone’s football movie, “Any Given Sunday”, has spent four seasons in pro football- two in the NFL and two in the Arena Football League.

A member of the Xtreme’s first class of territorial picks, Walker is a former UCLA stand-out who is a veteran of six years in pro football, including three seasons in the NFL (1994-96).

Walker last played for the Los Angeles Avengers in the Arena Football League this past spring.

Although Williams has played well, the Xtreme were essentially forced to let him go. If the Xtreme were to place Williams on the injured reserve list, the team would be unable to activate him for the entire season.

By waiving Williams, the Xtreme could claim him as free agent if he is available when he gets healthy.

Williams, who has spent two years in the NFL, has suffered this same injury twice in his right knee but has never had a problem with the left knee before in his career. Williams missed most of the 1998 NFL season when he tore the cartiledge in his right knee during the Atlanta Falcons training camp.

“I’ve just been pulling the short stick lately,” said Williams. “Sometimes you’ve just go tot take the good with bad. I’ll go home and get in shape. We’ll take it from there.”


The Xtreme spent Friday morning going over film from Thursday’s controlled scrimmage against the San Francisco Demons. While not ready yet to have his team’s name engraved on the XFL Championship Trophy, Head Coach AL Luginbill liked what he saw from his team Thrursday afternoon.

“I thought the defense ran to the ball real well,” said Luginbill. “We also controlled the line scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball. Of course, we never saw more than four guys up front pressuring the football all day. We’ll see what happens when we have five or six guys coming at us. That’s when the rubber hits the pavement.”

The Xtreme’s next scrimmage is Saturday, January 20 at Sam Boyd Stadium against the Las Vegas Outlaws. The scrimmage will be closed to the media and the public.

The Xtreme practiced for a two hours this afternoon from 11 a.m to 1 p.m at Sam Boyd Stadium. The start time was well received by most of the players, who have been rising around 5:30 a.m. to make practice by 7 a.m. since camp began on January 3. One exception was defensive end Ramondo Stallings.

“I still woke up at 4:45 a.m.” said Stallings. “I was wide awake. I went back to sleep for a little bit but I guess I’d rather just get up and go.”

Don’t worry Ramondo, things get back to normal this Saturday when he Xtreme return to its regular practice schedule (7 a.m.-11a.m.).

However, the Xtreme will take this Sunday off, before flipping it back into high gear on Monday.


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