NEW ORLEANS — Newly signed VooDoo quarterback Bill Stull arrived in New Orleans last Thursday. Two days later, Stull appeared in his first VooDoo game.
On Saturday, Stuff is expected to start his first game of the season at the Tampa Bay Storm (4-2). Not a bad beginning with his new team.
“I’ve been getting a lot of reps in practice, trying to make the most out of my opportunity,” said Stuff, a three-year veteran of the Arena Football League. “ I want to take advantage of my best chance to be a starter, and let the chips fall where they may.”
Stull played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also played for the AFL’s Spokane Shock and Pittsburgh Power. His 2012 season with the Power was shortened because of an injury to his (nonthrowing) left shoulder.
On Saturday, Stull will become the third VooDoo quarterback this season to start a game. Kurt Rocco is still recovering from a medial collateral ligament sprain in a left knee. Zack Eskridge earned his first start during last week’s 57-38 loss to the San Jose SaberCats. He finished with 67 yards passing and one touchdown with two interceptions. The loss extended the VooDoo (1-4) losing streak to four games.
Stull entered last week’s loss on the VooDoo’s last possession of the third quarter. Eskridge injured his back, forcing Stull into action.
The VooDoo stalled on his initial drive, turning the ball over on downs. On his first full possession, Stall was sacked and lost a fumble. His third drive ended after six plays and 46 yards with Stull’s TD run from 1 yard. And as time expired, he found Courtney Smith in the end zone.
Stull finished with 97 passing yards on 8-for-14 passing. He was also sacked twice.
Goodson joins team
The VooDoo on Wednesday traded for SaberCats receiver Samora Goodson, who was placed on the refuse to report list. Players that switch teams are allotted a number of days to report.
This season, Goodson, who played at Southeast Missouri State, has caught 11 passes for 134 yards and one score. In 2012, Goodson led San Jose in receiving (114 receptions) and receiving yards (1,471) with 27 TDs.
10 years ago
In 2003, VooDoo coach Pat O’Hara, a former backup quarterback with the Tampa Bay Storm, entered ArenaBowl XVII as a reserve before an injury forced him into action. O’Hara led the Storm to its fifth ArenaBowl championship. O’Hara later became a player-coach for the Storm.
VooDoo owner Dan Newman said he has moved the seats of about 10 season ticket holders after Saturday’s game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Last weekend, several fans in attendance complained about seating configurations.
The VooDoo will play six games in the Superdome as the New Orleans Arena is renovated.
“Anybody else that has had any issues, we’ve been able to accommodate them,” Newman said. “Anybody else that does, all they have to do is call us and we’ll take care of that too.”