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Shock game loaded with story lines

Spokane, San Jose, a retirement ceremony for former Shock great Raul Vijil and a couple of Shock-turned-SaberCats in the building. Yeah, this could be interesting.

Shock notes: QB Warren Smith a student of AFL game

It became a ritual for quarterback Warren Smith long before he signed with the Spokane Shock. He began studying video back in college, first at Iona, which disbanded its program after the 2008 season, and more meticulously at Maine with offensive coordinator Kevin Bourgoin. It wasn’t just a 15-minute glance at the day’s practice or a glimpse at an opposing defense.

Shock players benefit from change in training

Football practice concluded Tuesday morning for Spokane Shock players but their work wasn’t quite done. Their next appointment was with former Shock standouts Raul Vijil and Kevin McCullough, who assist players with strength and conditioning, not Xs and Os.

Resolute Vijil

Raul Vijil didn’t want the last image of his arena football career to be of him hobbling off the field with a serious knee injury in Milwaukee last June. He knew there would be some who doubted his chances of coming back from a torn ACL and damaged MCL, especially when he set his target date as the opening of Spokane Shock training camp on Feb. 19. That was less than six months after the Sept. 1 surgery to repair his ACL.

Vijil had something to prove with comeback

Raul Vijil didn’t want the last image of his arena football career to be of him hobbling off the field with a serious knee injury in Milwaukee last June.

Spokane Shock should look familiar on offense

The Spokane Shock are close to finalizing their opening-day roster and it should look pretty familiar on offense, quite a bit different on defense. Spokane, which visits San Jose on Friday to launch the 2011 Arena Football League season, will probably start six players returning from last year’s offense.

Shock bring back all-time receiving leader Vijil

Raul Vijil, the Spokane Shock’s all-time leader in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns, has been added to the Arena Football League team’s roster, the Shock announced Tuesday. Vijil suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year that forced him to miss the last five games of the regular season and the postseason.

Vijil has put up shocking numbers

Raul Vijil has been a quality player since joining the Spokane Shock in their inaugural season in 2006. He has been part of championships in 2006 and 2009. He was first-team All-arenafootball2 in 2008 and 2009. His name is stamped throughout Spokane’s lists of single-season and career records. All of which makes Vijil’s production of late even more impressive. Four games into the season, Vijil had 26 catches for 345 yards and seven touchdowns. Good numbers.