The Tucson Sugar Skulls announced the signing of the first five players in franchise history including former Canyon del Oro standout Robert Metz, who earned Second Team All-IFL status last year with the Green Bay Blizzard.
“I’m beyond excited,” Metz said. “Not too many people can say they played a sport professionally in their home town. It was a unique opportunity that was tough to pass on.”
Metz was named to the All-Indoor Football League on June 29 as a linebacker, two weeks after he was named was named MVP of the Green Bay Blizzard organization. Metz was also awarded the “Community Impact Award” for his service to the Green Bay community.
Metz made his first big impression on the IFL after he accounted for 12 tackles and a tackle for loss against the Iowa Barnstormers in late May. Metz held the Barnstormers to four or less yards on eight of his tackles and it moved him second in the IFL in sacks with 4.5.
Metz played college football at Dixie State where he became a two-time all-Great West Athletic Conference (GNAC) honorable mention selection and finished the 2015 season second on the team with 64 total tackles and one sack. He set the Dixie State single-game record with 19 tackles in his final collegiate game at Central Washington. Metz also posted the eighth-best single season mark for tackles with 91 in 2014 and he completed his four-year career at Dixie State ranked second all-time in total tackles with 217.
After Dixie State, Metz was selected to play in Dream Bowl III, which is a senior all-star game for primarily NCAA Division II and III student-athletes, in addition to several Division I FCS players and he played professionally with the Luebeck Cougars in Germany.
According to a release form the Tucson Sugar Skulls, the program also signed:
Dee Maggitt Jr., a 5-10, 185-pound defensive back and kick returner. Maggitt was named to the 2016 All-IFL second team defense while playing for the Tri-Cities Fever where he had seven interceptions while appearing in 11 games. He was a starting defensive back and kick returner for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2017. Maggitt played four years at the University of Hawaii playing in 44 games. He played in all 13 games as a senior and started four.
Carlos Anderson, 6-0, 190 pounds, defensive back. Was a track athlete at Portland State University running the 200-meter dash and on the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams. He also was a triple jumper. Played in 2016 and 2017 with the Kansas City Phantoms of the Champions Indoor Football league.
Micah Eugene, 5-11, 187 pounds, defensive back. Played two years at Louisiana State University and finished his college career at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Diego Marquez, 6-1, 205 pounds, placekicker. Joined the Miami Hurricanes in 2016 and was a backup kicker after being ranked as the No. 10 placekicker in the 2016 recruiting class out of junior college.
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