Kicker Stefan Demos spent Tuesday in New Orleans, preparing for the VooDoo’s game Saturday night against the Iowa Barnstormers at the Smoothie King Center.
Yet Demos’ schedule, which appears to be normal, is nothing of the sort.
This week marks the first time this season that Demos has spent time with the VooDoo outside of gamedays and the day before and after their Arena Football League games.
Since signing with the VooDoo in April, Demos has endured a weekly schedule which rivals most traveling businessmen. On most Fridays, he departs his residence in the Phoenix area, arriving in New Orleans or visiting game cities later in the day — often late at night.
He spends Saturday with the team, at home and on the road and on Sunday starts his journey back to Arizona.
“It’s been pretty busy,” said Demos, who spends his weekdays as a newly hired high school football coach at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School. “There’s a lot of things I’ve been having to do coaching-wise: hire staff, schedule spring practice, schedule workouts, start getting things ready for the summer and the fall. So it’s been really busy for me.”
So busy, in fact, that during some weekdays, he doesn’t get a chance to practice. When he does, he practices without his VooDoo teammates, who are about 1,500 miles away in New Orleans.
So far, it hasn’t affected his kicks.
He missed his lone field-goal attempt this season and has converted 23 of 30 extra points.
Demos, who played in college at Northwestern, played the two previous AFL seasons for San Antonio but retired after taking a coaching and teaching job in Dallas. In March, he moved back to Phoenix for his new coaching job.
One week before signing with the VooDoo, Demos played against them. He signed for one week with the Orlando Predators, converting seven of eight extra points.
Then VooDoo coach Pat O’Hara approached him about kicking. And now Demos has another job to handle.
Solid on defense
Defensive lineman Mike Alston was named AFL Defensive Player of the Week after collecting three sacks during last week’s 62-44 win at the San Antonio Talons, placing him two sacks shy of B.J. Cohen’s single-season franchise sack record of nine.
Alston also tallied five tackles and a forced fumble.
Pickin’ and grinnin’
Defensive back Cameron McGleen’s six interceptions are tied for fourth in the AFL. He had two last week against San Antonio.