KENT, Wash. — Three more former Billings Outlaws and another player that had signed to join the team in 2011 have signed with the Kent Predators.
Kent is coached by Heron O’Neal, who coached Billings for the past five seasons before the Outlaws — the two-time defending Indoor Football League champions — ceased operations on Oct. 7.
Three former Outlaws, running back Tim Brown, defensive back Kadafi Tunsil and offensive lineman Gerald Davis, signed with Kent last week along with offensive lineman Penisini Liu, a rookie free agent who had signed to join Billings next season.
Brown was instrumental in Billings’ run to the 2010 IFL championship, scoring 10 touchdowns (four receiving, three rushing and three on kickoff returns) in the Outlaws’ four playoff games. In two seasons with the Outlaws, the 5-foot-8, 200-pound speedster compiled 3,496 yards (998 rushing, 636 receiving and 1,862 in kickoff returns) and scored 43 touchdowns.
As a three-year starter for the Outlaws (2008-10), Tunsil had 165 tackles and eight interceptions.
Davis joined the Outlaws midway through the 2010 season, starting the final six games of the season at left guard.
Brown, Tunsil and Davis join wide receiver James Walton, safety Michael Eby and cornerback C.J. Ellis as former Outlaws on the Kent roster.
In other IFL news, the league released its 2011 schedule over the weekend and it opens with a definite Outlaws flavor. O’Neal’s Kent team will host the Sioux Falls Storm — the new team of former Billings quarterback Chris Dixon — in the Feb. 25 season opener.