Meet Adam Kennedy and Brian Hudson, your new rookie quarterbacks for the struggling New Orleans VooDoo offense.
Ready or not, one of them will start later this week.
Both rookies signed this week after Ryan Perrilloux (thumb on throwing hand, ribs, ankle) and B.J. Hall (ankle) suffered injuries during in Saturday’s 65-26 loss at the Pittsburgh Power. So bad was the injuries that Perrilloux had to re-enter after Hall was hurt, and place-kicker Stefan Demos was forced to play quarterback.
Kurt Rocco, the VooDoo’s starter to open the season, is also out for the season (knee).
Up next is Saturday night’s game at the Cleveland Gladiators. Kennedy or Hudson, or both, will make their Arena League debuts on the road.
“It’s a unique situation having to bring in two guys this late in the season, but they’re picking the game up and working hard,” VooDoo coach Pat O’Hara said.
The VooDoo is averaging 43.4 points a game, ranked 12th out of 14 teams in the Arena Football League. The team has also lost seven of its past eight games, including the past three.
Last week, the VooDoo scored just 26 points, tied for their second-lower points total of the season. The lowest occurred during a 56-14 loss at Pittsburgh on April 11.
The 6-foot-5, 224-pound Kennedy threw for 2,337 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions last fall for Arkansas State. He also ran for 514 yards and four TDs.
Hudson (6-3, 220) played for Liberty University, passing for 2,184 yards.
“It’s a pretty interesting situation, with coach O’Hara trying to keep it simple while at the same time, give us as much information as he can without overloading us,” Hudson said. “The game is a lot different. All the angles are different, the throws are different, the defenders are in different spaces. We’re going to have to adjust from the outdoor game. It’s a totally different game.”
The VooDoo is not expected to announce a starter before Saturday’s game.
Demos will not be available for Saturday’s game because of personal obligations. He will be replaced by Jose Martinez, who is in his third season in the AFL. Martinez played at UTEP, where in 2008, he converted the second-longest field goal in NCAA history.