TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have added five players to their 2020 roster including a wide receiver who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 United Bowl.
The additions put the Sugar Skulls’ roster at 13 players headed toward the 2020 season. The team will sign approximately 40 players for training camp and will cut down to 25 players for the season.
The five players signed are:
Ryan Balentine, 6’1”, 180 pounds, wide receiver, University of Southern Mississippi. The 2018 United Bowl MVP led the league in multiple receiving categories for the Iowa Barnstormers last season with 89 receptions for 1,084 yards, a per-game average of 77.4 yards and 28 touchdowns. He rejoins his quarterback, Daquan Neal, who signed with the Sugar Skulls on Oct. 2.
Cory Butler, 5’9”, 180 pounds, defensive back/ wide receiver, University of Utah. Butler played two years at Utah, playing on both sides of the ball and started 21 games over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He caught 20 passes for the Utes in the 2016 season and also had three interceptions. He played two games with the San Diego Strike Force last season.
Kordell Brewster, 6’2”, 270 pounds, offensive line, University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Brewster anchored the middle of the offensive line last season for the Rajin’ Cajuns who reached the Sun Belt Conference championship game and played in the Auto Nation Cure Bowl.
Michael Minter Jr., 6’0”, 175 pounds, defensive back, Middle Tennessee State. Minter played four seasons at Middle Tennessee State, finishing his career with 49 total tackles and two interceptions while starting in 12 games in his senior year. He played five games for the league champion Sioux Falls Storm last season and recorded 15 tackles. He is the son of former NFL defensive back Michael Minter who played for the Carolina Panthers.
Lawrence Keys, 6’2”, 300 Pounds, offensive line, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Keys played for the Carolina Cobras in the National Arena League last season. The Cobras finished with a 9-5 record. He also spent part of the 2018 season with the Arizona Rattlers.
The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July. The 2020 IFL schedule is expected to be released later this month.
Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.