Augusta Stallions coach Mike Hold has his hands full trying to get his team down to the arenafootball2 21-player limit.
Hold is spending the weekend making the decisions that will be sent to the league office on Monday. The Stallions play host to the Norfolk Nighthawks in the af2 season opener Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.
"It's not something I want to do, but I have to," Hold said. "It's a numbers game."
There are eight wide receiver/defensive backs vying for one of five spots on the roster. Hold also has to decide what to do with his offensive/defensive line, which is the thinnest position on the team.
Injuries have made their way into preseason camp as players such as offensive specialist Tom Starck and wide receiver/defensive back Tim Dumas are nursing hamstring injuries, while fullback/linebacker Melvin Oates has a sore back.
Quarterbacks Jermaine Alfred (Baylor) and Glenn Gauntt (South Florida) will both make the team with one of them earning the starting job. They will find out Monday.
"They're both good quarterbacks. I'm very confident either one of them can do the job," Hold said.
After former Stallions kicker Chris Chambers was cut recently by the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators, there was talk he may return to Augusta. But Hold stopped those rumors as he signed Keith Gispert, who played soccer collegiately at West Virginia.
Meanwhile, the Stallions' front office has been working 65-hour weeks in preparation for the upcoming game. The Stallions will be holding a tailgate party in front of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center before Saturday's game. The band "Horsepower" will perform.
The Stallions also will have the Ford Racing Technology Tour, which includes a Dale Jarrett replica car and several interactive exhibits. In addition, there will be a training camp area for kids.
"Right now, things are going great," Stallions general manager Darrell Harbin said. "We are right on schedule as far as everything we had planned on. There have been a lot of late hours here lately."
The Stallions have sold around 2,000 season tickets and are currently selling tickets for Saturday's game. For more information, call (706) 738-9539.
Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.
|Stallions in 2001|
Home games are played at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.
March 31 - Norfolk 7 p.m.
April 7 - at Macon 7:30
April 14 - at Florida 7:30
April 21 - Columbus 7
May 5 - at Columbus 7
May 12 - Florida 7
May 18 - at Norfolk 7
May 26 - Greensboro 7
June 2 - at Carolina 7:30
June 9 - at Pensacola 8
June 16 - Richmond 7
June 23 - Pensacola 7
June 29 - at Roanoke 7
July 7 - Jacksonville 7
July 14 - Macon 7
July 20 - at Jacksonville7:30