SAN DIEGO – MARCH 24, 2019 – The San Diego Strike Force today announced that the team has signed defensive backs Omar Cook, Deshawn Hawthorn, E.J. Johnson, and Shaquille Moseley, wide receiver/defensive back Cass Wise, wide receiver Jamari Williams, and re-signed linebacker Mikell Mair.
Cook (5’11, 190) previously played in the Indoor Football League for the Nebraska Danger (2016, 2014) and Billings Wolves (2016, 2015). While suiting up for the Wolves, the Riverside, California native finished the 2015 season second on the team in tackles with 71 (46 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception and eight pass breakups. During his college career at Southern University (2010-13), he ranked first on the team for defensive backs with 77 total tackles, tied for first on the team with three interceptions and tied for second on the team with 45 solo tackles. He was selected to the 2014 FCS National Bowl All-Star Game as a starting defensive back.
Hawthorn (6’0, 190) played college football at Western New Mexico University, where he tallied 30 total tackles, two tackles for loss, a team-high three interceptions, four pass breakups and seven passes defended in his junior season (2013). He attended Chaparral High School in El Cajon, California and helped lead the Pumas to the CIF Inland Division Section Title during his senior year, when he also was named Team Defensive Back MVP, a second-team All-League Defensive Back and second-team All-CIF.
Johnson (5’10, 195) previously played for Champions Indoor Football teams the Dodge City Law and Salina Liberty. The Bakersfield, California native was named the Northern Athletics Conference Special Team Student Athlete of the Week (2012) while playing college football for Rockford University.
Moseley (6’3, 230) played his college career at College of the Sequoias and most recently played for the Koç Rams in Istanbul, Turkey (2016-17).
Wise (5’10, 175) is a San Diego native who played high school football at San Diego High School and college football at Humboldt State University. He previously joined the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League for training camp.
Williams (5’11, 180) played one season of his college career at Saddleback College, where he earned All-Conference Special Teams honors before transferring to Arizona Christian University. In addition to earning All-League Special Team honors at Vanden High School in Fairfield, California, he also earned All-County Track honors in the 4×100 relay.
Mair (6’2, 240) previously played in the Indoor Football League for the Colorado Crush and Billings Wolves. While playing college football at Texas A&M University-Commerce, he recorded 14 tackles and had at least one tackle in five games (2008). Prior to transferring to A&M Commerce, he tallied a team-high 70 tackles as a sophomore at Santa Ana College and totaled 95 tackles and seven sacks. While playing high school football at Tustin High School in Tustin, California, he was a two-sport two-year letter winner in football and basketball.
TRANSACTIONS (3-24-19): Signed Omar Cook, Deshawn Hawthorn, E.J. Johnson, Shaquille Moseley, Cass Wise, Jamari Williams. Re-signed Mikell Mair. Released Jereke Armstrong, Lonnie Bickham III, Tim Moten, Emanuel Wyatt. Added Raphael Lamas to Exempt List (Short Term Injured Reserved). Transferred Kenric Young Jr. to Other League Exempt (CFL).
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TEAM
The San Diego Strike Force joins the Indoor Football League as an expansion team for its inaugural season in 2019 under the co-ownership of Roy Choi and Greg Anderson with General Manager Ryan Eucker at the helm. The team plays its home games at Pechanga Arena San Diego. Tickets and partnerships are available for the 2019 season. For more information, visit www.sdstrikeforce.com. You can also follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@sdstrikeforce).
ABOUT THE INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The Indoor Football League (IFL) began its eleventh season of play in the spring of 2019 and is led by Commissioner Mike Allshouse. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. For more information about all things IFL, visit goifl.com or call the league office at 804-643-7277.
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