2019 Defensive Player of the Year Davontae Merriweather and 2019 first-team All-IFL
Jimmy Camacho 2019 first-team All-IFL
Lance McDowdell 2019 second-team All-IFL
PHOENIX –The six-time world champion Arizona Rattlers announced today that nine more players will be joining the 2020 Indoor Football League campaign.
Five of the players signed were on offense, including wide receivers Anthony Amos, Sheldon Augustine, Elijah Marks, and Jamal Miles, and offensive lineman Brandon Haskin. Another three were on defense, including defensive linemen Connor Flagel and Lance McDowdell, and defensive back / linebacker Davontae Merriweather. Last season’s first-team All-IFL kicker Jimmy Camacho also returns.
WR Anthony Amos (6’0, 185, Middle Tennessee State) returns for his fifth season with the Arizona Rattlers. Last season, he had 15 catches for 254 yards and five touchdowns in four games..
In his two previous seasons in the IFL with the Rattlers, Amos had 88 catches for 1,095 yards and 36 touchdowns in 30 games. He also previously played for Spokane in his rookie season, registering 110 catches for 1.205 yards and 19 touchdowns.
A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Amos played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State, where he was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in his senior year, finishing with 992 receiving yards. He had 42 catches for 904 receiving yards as a receiver at Westover High School.
WR Sheldon Augustine (5’10, 180, Langston) finished the 2019 season with five catches for 76 yards and three touchdowns for the Rattlers. Augustine previously played with Iowa, where he had 12 catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns. He also played in Slovenia for the Ljubljana Silverhawks in 2017.
Augustine played collegiately at Langston University, where he was a three-time All-American selection, named FCS Bowl Offensive MVP, and was named Special Teams Player of the year in 2016.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Augustine played high school football at Desire Street Academy in Baton Rouge.
K Jimmy Camacho (5’10, 190, Fresno State) was the first-team All-IFL kicker last season, leading all kickers in scoring with 121 points and had the most extra-point attempts made with 106.
Camacho played college football at Riverside Community College and Fresno State University. At Riverside, he earned first-team All-American honors from the California Community College Football Coaches Association and was also named first-team SCGA Central League. Camacho went on to be an All-Mountain West second team selection in his senior year at Fresno State, where he set the single-season program record with 25 field goals made.
The Perris, California native went to Citrus Hill High School, where he won back-to-back CIF championships, and was a first-team all-league and first-team All-CIF selection. Camacho was also named as an Allstate Good Hands Goalkeeper in soccer.
DL Connor Flagel (6’5, 305, Central Missouri) returns following a 2019 season that saw him finish third on the Rattlers defense with eight tackles for loss along with two sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in 11 games played.
Flagel played college football at William Jewell and Central Missouri. In his senior year at Central Missouri, Flagel was an All-MIAA Honorable Mention as he finished the season with 34 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, and two fumble recoveries.
A native of O’Fallon, Missouri, Flagel went to St. Dominic High School where he was the all-time leading tackler and won three AAA Conference Championships. He was the 2012 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, picked up All-Conference, All-District, and All-State honors, and also received a varsity letter in baseball.
OL Brandon Haskin (6’4, 310, Tennessee State) returns to the Rattlers following a season where the offensive line allowed only four sacks during the regular season.
Haskin played in 20 games for Independence Community College before attending Tennessee State University, where he played in 10 games and started two during the 2011 season.
The New Orleans, Louisiana native attended Desire Street Academy in Baton Rouge.
WR Elijah Marks (6’1, 185, Northern Arizona) joins the Rattlers for the 2020 season. Marks previously spent time with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
Marks played collegiately at Northern Arizona University, where he had 71 catches for 1,170 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He was twice named Big Sky All-Conference and named All-American once.
The Goodyear, Arizona native attended Desert Edge High School, where he was a two-year letter winner and one-year captain, and was also named West Valley Player of the Year.
DL Lance McDowdell (6’4, 330, Central Florida) was named to the second-team All-IFL after recording 20 solo tackles, three sacks, seven tackles for loss, and four blocked kicks in 13 games for the Rattlers in 2019.
The Mount Vernon, New York native played collegiately first at Nassau Community College, registering 30 tackles, four sacks, and 11.5 tackles for loss. McDowdell then went on to play at the University of Central Florida, where he had 36 tackles and four tackles for loss in 12 games during his senior year.
McDowdell played high school football at Mount Vernon High School, where he earned first team All-Section honors from 2010-2012. He was also named two-time league MVP in basketball and was all-state.
DB Davontae Merriweather (6’1, 200, West Texas A&M) was named the 2019 IFL Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-IFL, leading the Rattlers with 7.4 tackles per game and finishing tied for second on the team in interceptions with four.
Merriweather began his collegiate career at Saddleback College, where he compiled 55 tackles, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles, and one touchdown in two seasons. He earned first-team All-Conference at Saddleback before going to West Texas A&M University, where he earned second-team All-Conference honors in 2015. The Palmdale, California native had 118 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, five interceptions, and two interception returns for touchdown in two seasons at West Texas A&M.
Merriweather attended Highland High School, where he was named first-team All-Conference as a defensive back and was also All-Conference in shot put.
WR Jamal Miles (5’10, 180, Arizona State) led the Rattlers in scoring last season with 24 total touchdowns (16 receiving, seven rushing, one kick return). His 41 catches and 496 receiving yards were second on the team in 2019. Miles is also the only player to play in every game for the Rattlers since the team joined the IFL in 2017.
A native of Peoria, Arizona, Miles played collegiately at Arizona State University, where he earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2010 and second-team All-Pac-12 in 2011. During his four years at Arizona State, Miles had 128 receptions for 995 yards and 80 kickoff returns for 1,866 yards – the most in school history.
Miles went to Peoria High School, where he rushed for 2,168 yards on 231 carries as a senior, earning him first-team All-4A conference honors.
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