March 4, 2011

Voodoo set roster, ready themselves for premiere next week

On the day that the NFL and its Players Union are likely to announce a new CBA or the beginning on a long legal battle, the New Orleans Voodoo will be reborn in the large building connected to the Superdome.

Reborn under new ownership that retained the same uniform, moniker and history, the new Voodoo are the old Shreveport-Bossier City Battlewings, moved south to New Orleans. 

Coached by Derek Stingley, son of Darryl, the Voodoo return the last incarnation's starting quarterback, local veteran Danny Wimprine.  Stingley himself was the defensive coordinator of the Benson-owned Voodoo, which ceased after the 2008 season.

To get their roster to the regular season maximum, the Voodoo cut the following players: DL Aaron Chavers, DB John Green, WR Derrick Lewis, LB Chris McNair, WR Chris Mitchell, OL Rudy Odom, OL Jason Phillips, OL Carnell Stewart and DL Stanley Wakwe.  Lewis is a former Saint, while Mitchell and Stewart are former LSU Tigers.

Other local products on the set roster are K Jonathan Ruffin, native of Metairie; WR/DB Carlese Franklin, a native of Kentwood and a product of McNeese State; WR Kris Peters, a native of Baton Rouge and a product of Alcorn State; WR Chris Wilson, a native of Amory, MS and a product of Southeastern; WR Hutch Gonzales, a native of Covington and a product of Southeastern; FB/LB Lance Ancar, a native of Harvey; FB/LB Jason Schule, a native of Chalmette and a product of ULM; OL/DL Mogut Ruffins, a product of Louisiana Tech; DB Darrick Brown, a native of Tangipahoa and a product of McNeese State; DB Roland Cola, a native of New Orleans and a graduate of John Ehret High School; DB Jerron Wishom, a native of Lutcher and a product of Louisiana Tech; DB Marcus Brown, a native of Tangipahoa and a product of McNeese State; DL Vaalyn Jackson, a native of Sulphur and a product of McNeese State; and DB Brian Reynolds, a product of Southeastern.

The new Voodoo open their season on March 11 in the New Orleans Arena against the Tampa Bay Storm.

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