OUTLAWS ADD WR MURPHY TO ROSTER
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer/Minnesota Viking/Scottish
Claymore Yo Murphy Joins Las Vegas Receiving Corp
Courtesy of the Las Vegas Outlaws
VEGAS (Monday, February 26, 2001) - The Western Division-leading
Las Vegas Outlaws (3-1) added 29-year old WR Yo Murphy to their
roster today, with the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Minnesota
Viking and Scottish Claymore wideout becoming the second offensive
addition in seven days. Nagging injuries to Outlaws WRs Todd
Floyd (concussion), Nakia Jenkins (heel) and Brett Bech (back)
necessitate the move. Las Vegas now has 24 hours to reduce its
active roster to the XFL's 45-man limit.
whose legal name is Llewellyan but has always been called Yo
because his sister couldn't pronounce his real name, becomes
the 12th former Scottish Claymore (see note below) to rejoin
Head Coach Jim Criner and Offensive Coordinator Vince Alcalde
on the current Outlaws roster. The 5'10", 188-lb. veteran
has spent the last four seasons with both Tampa Bay and Minnesota
practice squads, and was active for a total of eight games during
the 1999 season (seven with the Buccaneers and one with the
Vikings). In 1999, Murphy made four catches for 28 yards, and
returned 18 kickoffs and 3 punts for a total of 401 yards. His
55-yard kickoff return on 11/7/99 vs. New Orleans is the fifth-longest
in Buccaneer history.
excited to get to Las Vegas and just play football," said
Murphy, who arrives in Las Vegas late Monday. "I'm grateful
for the opportunity to play for Jim (Criner) and Vince (Alcalde)
again. In Scotland, we had guys on the team that they know will
work hard in practice and go out and make plays. That's what
I've seen of the Outlaws on TV, and those are the kind of coaches
that players want to play for. That way, on Saturday and Sunday,
they give you a game plan and you can just go out there and
the 1996 NFL Europe season, Murphy caught 21 passes for 298
yards and five TDs, and was named the Most Valuable Player in
Scotland's World Bowl win over Frankfurt, when he grabbed eight
balls for 138 yards and three touchdowns. One season later,
in 1997, Murphy was the league's leading WR with 47 catches
for 559 yards and two TDs.
a University of Idaho product who also played with the B.C.
Lions of the CFL for three seasons (1993-95), could see extensive
action on Sunday for Las Vegas. This weekend, the Outlaws travel
to Chicago's Soldier Field to face the winless Enforcers (0-4),
a team that has battled hard but suffered tough losses against
Orlando (32-29) and Los Angeles (39-32 in 2OT). Sunday's game
will be televised live nationally on TNN at 1:00 p.m. PT and
represents the second of three consecutive road games for Las
Vegas, which heads to Orlando on March 10 for a nationally-televised
NBC game between the current division leaders.
FORMER CLAYMORES: With today's addition of Murphy and last
week's acquisition of QB Mark Grieb, the Outlaws now have 12
former Claymores on the roster. They are, in alphabetical order:
QB Jim Ballard, CB Kory Blackwell, TE Rickey Brady, QB Ryan
Clement, QB Mark Grieb, DE Michael Mason, K/P Paul McCallum,
WR Yo Murphy, DE Ty Parten, CB Kevin Scott, RB Ben Snell and
CB Hurley Tarver. Also, running backs coach Ron Dickerson, Jr.
and tight ends coach Mike Rockwood played for Criner in Scotland.
WEEK'S SCHEDULE: The Outlaws' players are off both today
and Tuesday, and will resume training at the Sam Boyd Stadium
practice fields Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 noon to 1:45
p.m. On Friday, the Outlaws will again kick off practice at
noon, but are expected to go with a slightly shorter workout
before boarding America West Airlines flight 723 on Saturday
morning at 10:46 a.m. The team arrives in Chicago that evening,
and heads directly to Orlando via United Airlines flight 1036
at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night to begin preparations for the March
10 game vs. the Rage.