Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced Monday that they have re-signed running back Ketrich Harmon, offensive lineman Lamar Mady, defensive lineman Chris McAllister, defensive back Adam Sauder, defensive back Markus Smith, and defensive back Dillion Winfrey for the 2018 season. All six players were members of the 2017 Indoor Football League (IFL) championship team.
RB Ketrich Harmon (6-2, 250, Arkansas Tech) is entering his second season with the Rattlers. Last season, Harmon ranked 5th in the league in yards per game with 41.4. He ended the season with 373 yards and nine touchdowns.
Harmon first attended West Texas A&M where he then transferred to Arkansas Tech University. Playing in both his Junior and Senior year he rushed for a total 1491 yards
The Frankston, Texas native attended Frankston High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete, also competed in basketball and track and field.
OL Mady (6-2, 315, Youngstown State) will enter his third season with the Rattlers. Last season, Mady was an integral part of the Rattlers success in rushing. The team led the league on the ground, averaging 115.3 yards per game. The Rattlers offensive line also allowed the second fewest sacks (13) in the league. His efforts earned him 1st Team All-IFL honors.
Prior to joining the Rattlers, Mady spent time with the National Football League’s (NFL) Oakland Raiders, where he played in seven games during the 2013 season, and spent the 2014 season on the Raiders’ practice squad.
Mady attended Youngstown State where he played in 22 games during which he did not allow a sack or pressure. Mady transferred from Butler County Community College where he was named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference and first-team All-Region VI.
The Topeka, Kansas native attended Topeka High School where played both center and defensive tackle. Mady earned first-team All-Centennial League selection during his senior season, and as a junior was a second-team All-Centennial League pick as a center.
DL Chris McAllister (6-2, 250, Baylor) will enter his third season with the Arizona Rattlers. In 2017, McAllister was given 1st Team All-IFL honors after finishing third in the league in sacks (10), all while playing in four less games than both players above him. He also finished second overall in the league in tackles for loss with 16.5. McAllister also spent the NFL’s 2014 preseason with the Houston Texans prior to joining the Rattlers in 2015.
McAllister attended Baylor where he finished his career as the all-time sack leader for the Bears. During his senior season, he earned first team All-Big 12 honors as well as second team Academic All-Big 12 honors. He also earned the Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP award his junior year.
McAllister was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany and eventually moved to Converse, Texas where he attended Judson High School. While there, he was the 2008 District 27-5A Defensive MVP as well as First-team San Antonio Express-News All-Area 5A honors as a senior. He also earned third team 5A All-State honors as a junior.
DB Sauder (6-3, 215, Taylor) will begin his second season with the Rattlers. Last season, Sauder was the team leader in tackles with 81. He also had 11 pass breakups and recovered two fumbles. Prior to making the roster, Sauder spent time earlier this year with both the National Football League’s (NFL) Cincinnati Bengals and the Carolina Panthers.
Sauder attended Taylor University where he earned the 2015-16 Gates-Howard Award (Taylor University’s Male Athlete of the Year), and earned NAIA First-Team All-American honors following his senior season. Sauder had 97 tackles, which included eight tackles for loss and two sacks. He also snagged two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Sauder was also named the MSFA Mideast League Defensive Player of the Year and was the top vote recipient in the NAIA for the 2015 Cliff Harris Award; an award that honors the top small-college defensive player in the nation.
The Grabill, Indiana native attended Leo High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete, taking part in football, basketball and track.
DB Markus Smith (6-0, 200, Nevada) has spent three seasons with the Rattlers. Smith re-joined the team late last season, and accumulated 15 total tackles in just three games.
Smith began collegiate career at Riverside Community College where he was a two-year starter and All-Conference selection before transferring to Nevada in 2012.
The Corona, California native attended Corona High School, and was a multi-sport athlete. He was named the MVP of his football team as a senior, was the league champion in wrestling as a senior, and the top hurdler on his track team.
DB Winfrey (5-8, 185, Central Arkansas) was discovered by the Rattlers last offseason in an open tryout and made the most of it, contributing both on defense and on special teams. He ended the season with 20 tackles, five pass breakup an interception, and 83 kick return yards.
Winfrey played collegiately for Central Arkansas University. He recorded 92 tackles, including four for a loss, forced three fumbles, broke up nine passes and intercepted two more. He also recorded one sack. as a returner, he returned 11 kicks for 353 yards.
The Bryant, Arkansas native attended Bryant High School, where he was a twice named All-State selection in track and football. He recorded 62 career receptions in high school for 1,359 yards and 11 touchdowns, 141 tackles, four interceptions, three sacks, 32 passes broken up, 753 return yards, and three return touchdowns.
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About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers were founded in 1992, and are proud members and current champions of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers spent 24 seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL), and in that time made ten appearances in the ArenaBowl, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. They also won the United Bowl in 2017. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit www.azrattlers.com.
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