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Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough learned Wednesday he'd been traded to Oklahoma City (Photo: SWX) Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough learned Wednesday he'd been traded to Oklahoma City (Photo: SWX)
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SPOKANE., Wash. - One day after earning Catch of the Week honors from the AFL,Spokane Shock linebacker Kevin McCullough learned he would be traded to Oklahoma City.

The Shock will get a Trade Order Position from the Yard Dawgz in exchange for McCullough, meaning they're higher on the pecking order should a desirable free agent come available.

McCullough, a 2-1/2-year starter with the Shock, told the Spokesman-Review newspaper he was "floored and completely blindsided" upon hearing the news from first-year head coach Rob Keefe. He said he felt "betrayed by an organization I've done a lot for, not just on the field but off."

Keefe told the Spokesman that he made the move to improve production at the linebacker spot, pointing to the new rule that allows the "Jack" linebacker to play sideline to sideline and no deeper than 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. Keefe said the position required more speed and skill than McCullough has to offer.

"McCullough has done nothing wrong," Keefe told the newspaper. "We just needed a guy that can go faster left and right and change directions quicker."

Antwan Marsh, a player who played safety at Pikeville College and was recently released by the Indianapolis Colts, will play the Jack linebacker position on June 12 when the Shock play at Orlando.

In an unrelated move, the Shock front office said Wednesday defensive back Al Phillips would be released from the team after he is taken off the Injured Reserve list on Thursday. Phillps, who joined the Shock after playing with the Cleveland Gladiators in 2008, was injured in Spokane's game earlier this season against Bossier-Shreveport.

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