XFL Orlando Rage Press Release 22


Press Release 22
March 23, 2001

Bothered by depth at tight end, the Orlando Rage claimed former Arena Football League star BJ Cohen out of the Player Acquisition and Selection System pool on Friday afternoon.

Cohen played tight end / defensive lineman for the Orlando Predators last season, helping that team to a 14-3 record and a World Championship. He led all tight ends in the AFL last season with nine catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 20 tackles with three quarterback sacks, a blocked kick and one interception. Cohen’s performance earned him second team All-Arena honors.

As a rookie in 1999, Cohen appeared in 12 games with 21 tackles and three pass defenses to go with five receptions for 47 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He had a huge post-season, recording 10 tackles with a pair of sacks and two tackles-for-loss in helping Orlando become the first number eight seed to make it to the league championship game.

After that season, he was signed by the Oakland Raiders and spent the 2000 season on that team’s practice squad.

Cohen was a three-time, first-team All-American at Marshall University. He posted monster numbers from his defensive end position -- finishing his career with 369 total tackles, 59 tackles-for-loss and an incredible 51 quarterback sacks. With Cohen in the line-up, Marshall played in two NCAA-Division 1AA championship games and claimed the 1996 title.

Cohen will play tight end for the Rage, but may also get some snaps at defensive end. “He’s certainly good enough to play either position,” Rage Tight End Coach Les Moss said. “With Terrance Huston out with a neck injury, BJ will provide us some quality depth at tight end, but he may also see action on third down passing situations on defense.”

To make room on the roster for Cohen, the Rage placed quarterback Jeff Brohm (separated shoulder) on the injured reserve list.

RAGE NOTES: Orlando will made one additional roster move on Saturday…the team activated LB Kevin Jefferson from the practice squad and moved LB Jimmy Clemments from the active to practice roster…Sunday’s game with the New York/New Jersey Hitmen will air on TNN…kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.


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