Good news for former Utah wide receiver Brent Casteel - he just signed with the Utah Blaze. Casteel was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman and second-team all-conference as a sophomore. Most Utah fans will remember his touchdown against Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Complete press release is below.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Blaze is pleased to announce the signing of former University of Utah WR Brent Casteel (5-10, 200, Utah). Casteel will return to Utah after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns of the NFL in 2009.
"I'm looking forward to getting out there with the team and to play again in front of Utah fans," said Casteel. "I feel like my style of play is dynamic on both sides of the ball and can bring a whole new excitement to the game."
With the Utes, he was a three-year starter and one of the team's top receivers and rushers. Casteel was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman and second-team all-conference as a sophomore. He tallied 128 career receptions at Utah, tying for seventh all-time, while totaling 1,652 receptions yards, ranking 11th. His 17 career touchdowns are tied for sixth and holds 11th place in career all-purpose yards with 3,012. Casteel also recorded 33 kickoff returns for 715 yards with 11 punt returns for 94 yards.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to sign Brent. He is a welcome addition to our football club as we strive to become a championship caliber team," said Blaze Head Coach Ron James. "His high level of success on the field, in addition to his leadership skills, are two crucial qualities we need on the field this upcoming season."
Player tryouts for the 2011 season will be held on October 30, 2010 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Spence Eccles Field House at the University of Utah. For more information please visit our website at www.utblaze.com or call 888-99BLAZE.
ABOUT THE BLAZE
The Utah Blaze enter their fifth season in the Arena Football League in 2011 and were recipients of the Best Support Staff Award for the 2006 and 2007 seasons as recognized by the League office. The Blaze are proud to be under new ownership and making notable strides in providing fans with a premier Arena Football experience. Make sure to follow the Blaze on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team. 2011 Blaze Season Tickets are on SALE NOW! Call 888-99BLAZE to reserve your seat in the action or information can be found at www.utblaze.com.