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Shock Add DB Depth In A Flurry Of Roster Moves

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Jeff Richards was assigned to the Shock as they made a flurry of midweek moves. (Photo: Shock) Jeff Richards was assigned to the Shock as they made a flurry of midweek moves. (Photo: Shock)

by Shock Media Relations

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Shock were assigned defensive back Jeff Richards, activated defensive back Andre Jones, and placed defensive back Sam Pope on injured reserve today. Spokane also traded quarterback Danny Southwick yesterday (Wednesday, May 13) to the Los Angeles Kiss for two future considerations.

Richards (6-2, 210, Emporia State) joins the Shock for his rookie season in the Arena Football League after spending time with Spokane during the team's 2015 training camp. Richards began his collegiate career at Northeastern State University (OK) before transferring to Emporia State University (KS). While at NSU, Richards recorded 59 tackles and two interceptions during his sophomore season. In his final two collegiate seasons at Emporia State, Richards racked up 91 tackles and six interceptions.

In additional transactions, Spokane activated defensive back Andre Jones (5-11, 200, Akron) from the inactive reserve (IAR) list after Jones was placed on IAR on April 29, 2015. So far this season, Jones has played in three games for the Shock (started two) and has recorded 12.5 total tackles (11 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, and one interception. Defensive back Sam Pope (6-0, 200, Hampton) was placed on injured reserve after sustaining an ankle injury during practice this past week. Pope, in his second season with Spokane, played in four games this season (started all four) as he recorded 14.5 total tackles (14 solo) and three pass breakups.

Yesterday (Wednesday, May 13) the Shock traded quarterback Danny Southwick (6-1, 205, Occidental) to Los Angeles and in turn will receive two future considerations from the Kiss. Southwick joined the Shock in after Week 2 of the AFL regular season in the midst of Spokane battling injuries at the quarterback position. Southwick started in the Shock's Week 3 match-up against Pacific Division rival Portland after only two days of practice with the team. Southwick completed 21-of-32 pass attempts for 291 yards, six touchdowns, and threw two interceptions in the 43-47 loss against the Thunder.

The Shock (2-4, 0-1) will return to Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena for Week 8 Arena Football League action to host a Pacific Division rival in the San Jose Sabercats (7-0, 1-0) for the first of three match-ups during the 2015 AFL regular season. Kickoff is set for Saturday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. PT, doors will open one hour prior to kick.

This Saturday is “Hall of Fame Night” presented by US Linen & Uniform and AM 700 ESPN as the first 5,000 fans receive Shock jersey rally towels courtesy of US Linen & Uniform. Prior to the 4:00 p.m. PT kickoff, the Shock will honor the “9th Man” of Spokane Arena with a special banner raising ceremony and at half-time will retire the jersey of former Shock receiver Raul Vijil. Game coverage will be available via SWX-TV and the Watch SWX app, via radio on the Shock-VPI Radio Network on AM 700 ESPN Spokane and for viewing on WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app.

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