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Blaze DL Maurice Fountain named to AFL All-Rookie Team

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Blaze DL MAURICE FOUNTAIN (6-4, 270, Clemson) was named to the 2008 AFL All-Rookie Team as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

In the 2008 regular season, Fountain recorded 13.5 total tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup in nine games. Fountain was also second on the team in sacks with 4.0.

Fountain made his Blaze debut in Week Eight against the San Jose SaberCats. He recorded 4.0 tackles, one pass breakup and 2.0 sacks, an individual team-high.

Prior to the Blaze, Fountain spent his rookie season with the Manchester Wolves (af2). Fountain tallied 29.5 total tackles, four pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a franchise-record 13.0 sacks in 16 games.

The Blaze (6-10), winners of six of their last seven games, earned their first-ever home playoff game with a 62-45 win over the Arizona Rattlers in the final game of the regular season last week. Utah will host the Colorado Crush (6-10) Saturday at 2 p.m. (MT) at EnergySolutions Arena. The game will be televised ESPN.

<table border=""0"" cellpadding=""0"" cellspacing=""0"" width=""100%""> <th colspan=""2"">2008 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM <td width=""50%"">OFFENSE <td width=""50%"">DEFENSE <td width=""50%"">QB D. Bryant – Kansas City <td width=""50%"">DL Farouk Adelekan – New York <td width=""50%"">FB Odie Armstrong – Orlando <td width=""50%"">DL Maurice Fountain – Utah <td width=""50%"">C Beau Elliott – Chicago <td width=""50%"">DL John Syptak – Colorado <td width=""50%"">OL Atlas Herrion – Arizona <td width=""50%"">MLB Michael McFadden – Grand Rapids <td width=""50%"">OL Bobby Harris – Orlando <td width=""50%"">JLB Norman LeJeune – New Orleans <td width=""50%"">WR Tiger Jones – Georgia <td width=""50%"">DB Levy Brown – New York <td width=""50%"">WR Chad Owens – Colorado <td width=""50%"">DB Ahmad Carroll – Orlando <td width=""50%"">WR Donovan Morgan – Chicago <td width=""50%"">DB Chris Martin – Grand Rapids <td width=""50%"">K Connor Hughes - Philadelphia <td width=""50%"">

ABOUT THE UTAH BLAZE
The Utah Blaze were recipients of the Best Support Staff Award for the 2006 and 2007 seasons as recognized by the Arena Football League. Tickets are available by logging onto www.utahblaze.com or by calling (801) 257-3111. The Blaze will take on the Colorado Crush this Saturday, June 28th. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (MT). In order for season-ticket holders to reserve their seats for the playoff game, they must purchase their tickets no later than Wednesday by calling the Blaze ticket office at (801) 257-3111.The Blaze are owned and operated by the Ken Garff Automotive Group – www.kengarff.com.

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