Los Angeles (January 15th, 2016) - The LA KISS have made their first roster additions of 2016. Today they announce the assignment of defensive backs, Fredrick Obi and Courtney Bridget and offensive lineman, Colin Madison.
“We are extremely excited to have Obi on board,” said Head Coach, Omarr Smith. “Obi had his choice of teams as he entered this next season and we’re excited at the opportunity to work with him. He’s from LA, and is eager for the chance to play in front of his family and friends. Although he’s young and a first year player, he has good ball skills and has covered some of the best players in the league, while still holding his own. He has tremendous potential to play at the next level.”
Obi (6'1", 190 lbs, defensive back), will be joining the LA KISS for his second year in the AFL. He entered the league in 2015 and appeared in 7 games for the SaberCats. As a rookie, Obi racked up 48 total tackles (43 solo), 4 interceptions and 1 forced fumble, for San Jose.
The native of Inglewood, California, attended the University of San Diego. During his time at USD, Obi played 4 years as a Torero cornerback and majored in Business, while minoring in Marketing. As a senior, in 2012, Obi was recognized for his excellent performance. He was awarded with "First Team All-PFL" honors.
“Bridget is big and physical. He has the size of a safety with the ability of a corner,” said Head Coach, Omarr Smith. “He was a rookie in the NFL training camp and he will add depth to an already competitive secondary.”
Bridget (6'3", 195 lbs, defensive back), is entering his first season in the AFL. After transferring from UNLV, the rookie finished his collegiate football career at the University of Hampton. He racked up 22 solo tackles, 29 assisted tackles and 5 pass break ups, as a senior. The Washington Redskins signed Bridget as an undrafted free agent in May, 2014. Although, the Redskins were impressed by Bridget's height and speed, he was waived before the end of training camp, after incurring a season-ending shoulder injury.
“In my opinion, Madison is one of the best linemen in the league,” said Head Coach, Omarr Smith. “He’s physical, agile and has a mean streak that will fit in well with the mindset we are trying to create. He comes from championship pedigree and will add strength to our team.”
Madison (6'4", 310 lbs, offensive line), joins the LA KISS after starting 15 games for the San Jose SaberCats in 2015. The fifth-year player was awarded with the 2014 "Second Team All-Arena" honor, after starting 17 games for the Pittsburgh Power. Madison spent his first 2 AFL seasons as a dual-threat for the Chicago Rush. He scored 3 touchdowns as a tight end, while also playing a key role in protecting the Rush quarterbacks.
The native of Villa Park, Illinois, was a two sport athlete for Temple University. Madison not only started for 3 years on the Owl's offensive line, he also threw the shot put for Temple's track and Field team. During his collegiate football career, Madison was awarded with "First Team All-MAC" honors (2010) and with Temple's "Offensive MVP" award (2009). Prior to the AFL, Madison gained valuable NFL experience with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.
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