TUCSON, Ariz — The Tucson Sugar Skulls were a good team in their expansion season,and they should be even better in season number two.
Coming off a season in which they made the playoffs, Tucson returns running back Mike Jones, who led the Indoor Football League in rushing yards per game, and adds IFL MVP quarterback Daquan Neal as well as new head coach Dixie Wooten. Both Wooten and Neal come over from the Iowa Barnstormers.
Jones talked about his decision to return to the Sugar Skulls.
"I was always told that if you start something, you should finish it," said Jones. "And, I feel like I got off to a good start last year. Another part is that Coach Dixie is a good mentor. He's going to come out here and bring Tucson a championship."
Wooten is a former IFL title winning head coach, and he reminded his players of that during day one of training camp.
"At the end of the day they are tired," said Wooten. They know the results are there. So, when I tell them that, they understand it big time."
"He got me better as a quarterback last year," said Neal. "And, I saw how good I got during the year. I definitely want to progress my game, so when he told me he was coming to Tucson, it was a no-brainer for me."
Another newcomer is wide receiver Edgar Poe, who starred for Cienega High School before playing for Army. It's a short training camp as the Sugar Skulls begin their season March 19th at Cedar Rapids.