The Tucson Sugar Skulls added five players to their inaugural roster including a local player who participated in the team’s open tryout in November. Former Sahuarita lineman Alex Rios joins former Canyon del Oro standout Robert Metz, former Tucson High standout Antonio Rosales and former Santa Rita standout Cam Gaddis on that inaugural roster:
Alex Rios, offensive line, 6’3”, 285 pounds. Rios is the first player signed from the Sugar Skulls’ open tryout held Nov. 10. Graduated from Sahuarita High School south of Tucson. Played two years at Pima Community College and was a first-team, All-ACCAC selection his sophomore year. Started 20 games over two seasons at East Tennessee State University and was a second-team, All-Southern Conference selection in his senior year.
Aaron Charleston, defensive tackle, 6’2”, 310 pounds. Originally from Denver, Colorado, started his collegiate career at Fort Hays State University and transferred to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Started eight games in his final year at Washburn.
Troy Grant, wide receiver, 6’3”, 200 pounds. Was the leading receiver at Abilene Christian University in his senior season in 2017 with 51 catches for 542 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior had 41 catches for 467 yards and five touchdowns after transferring from Highland Community College in Kansas.
Bryan Miller, wide receiver, 5’10”, 181 pounds. Completed his collegiate career with the Benedict College Tigers, an NCAA Division II school in Columbia, South Carolina. Graduated from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. Currently lives in Phoenix.
Tyler Ross, wide receiver/defensive back, 5’10”, 186 pounds. Attended Hutchinson Community College and Mesa Community College. From Seaside, California.
The following is an up-to-date list of players signed by the Tucson Sugar Skulls:
Name Pos Ht Wt College/Pro Experience
Carlos Anderson DB 6’0 185 Portland State University
Jarid Brown WR 6’0 190 Western Illinois University
Aaron Charleston DL 6’2 310 Washburn University
Micah Eugene Jr. DB 5’11 190 LSU/Southeastern Louisiana University
Cam Gaddis DB 6’1 195 Pima Community College/Duke City Gladiators
Troy Grant WR 6’3 200 Abilene Christian University
Kenny James DB 5’11 205 Southern Illinois University
Mike Jones RB 5’11 210 Bethune-Cookman University
Dee Maggitt Jr. DB 5’10 185 University of Hawaii/Iowa Barnstormers
Diego Marquez K 6’0 200 University of Miami
Robert Metz LB 6’4 240 Dixie State University/Green Bay Blizzard
Bryan Miller WR 5’10 181 Benedict University
Darius Morris LB 6’0 225 Carson-Newman University
Rusmin Nikocevic DL 6’4 265 Texas State University
Alex Rios OL 6’3 285 East Tennessee State University
Antonio Rosales OL 6’4 305 San Diego State University
Tyler Ross WR/DB 5’10 186 Hutchinson Community College
Brandon Sampson WR 5’9 180 Midwestern State University
Alex Wheat Jr. WR 6’4 225 Utah State University/Spokane Empire
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com