Arizona Hotshots

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Arizona Hotshots
Current season
Established 2018
Play in Sun Devil Stadium
in Phoenix, Arizona
aaf.com/arizona-hotshots/
Arizona Hotshots helmet
Arizona Hotshots logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019–present)
  • Western Conference (2019–present)
Team colorsGreen, Orange and Yellow
              
Personnel
PresidentScott Brubaker
General managerPhil Savage
Head coachRick Neuheisel
Team history
  • Arizona Hotshots (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships ()
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Arizona Hotshots are a professional American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona and is the 5th team to join the upcoming Alliance of American Football. They will play their games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University beginning in February 2019. They will be coached by former NFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel. Scott Brubaker is the team president and Phil Savage is the general manager.

History[edit]

Rick Neuheisel was announced as the head coach of the Arizona Hotshots by the Alliance of American Football on May 18, 2018. The team was slated to play at Sun Devil Stadium.[1] By September 25, Scott Brubaker and Phil Savage were named team president and general manager, respectively.[2]

Phoenix's name and logo were revealed on September 25, 2018 as the Arizona Hotshots along with the other three western teams.[3] The name is a tribute to the region's firefighters, nicknamed hotshots, while the color scheme of green, orange, and yellow are commonly worn by such fire crews. The team's logo is a pair of crossed pulaskis, which are used by firefighters.[4] The branding was developed by the national office then handed off to the team staff. Reception to the name was divided, with critics arguing it "exploits the memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots."[2]

On October 11, 2018, the team named Hugh Freeze as the offensive coordinator and the rest of the coaching staff.[5] In the 2019 AAF QB Draft, the Hotshots did not protect the assigned (by geographical method) quarterback Mike Bercovici in the first round and instead selected Trevor Knight for his speed.[6]

In January 2019, the Hotshots will hold their preseason camp in San Antonio,[2] before its first season opener on February 10, 2019 at home, Sun Devil Stadium, against the Salt Lake Stallions.[7]

2019 season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Source
1 February 10, 2019 Salt Lake Stallions Sun Devil Stadium [7]
2 February 16, 2019 at Memphis Express Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
3 February 23, 2019 at Salt Lake Stallions Rice–Eccles Stadium
4 March 3, 2019 Atlanta Legends Sun Devil Stadium
5 March 10, 2019 San Antonio Commanders
6 March 16, 2019 at Orlando Apollos Spectrum Stadium
7 March 24, 2019 San Diego Fleet Sun Devil Stadium
8 March 31, 2019 at San Antonio Commanders Alamodome
9 April 7, 2019 Birmingham Iron Sun Devil Stadium
10 April 14, 2019 at San Diego Fleet SDCCU Stadium

Staff[edit]

Arizona Hotshots staff

Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Coaching Staff

Eastern Conference
ATL
BIR
MEM
ORL
Western Conference
ARI
SAL
SA
SD

Players[edit]

The Hotshots' assigned area, which designates player rights, includes the following:[8]

Roster[edit]

Arizona Hotshots roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Exempt list

  • Currently vacant

Practice squad

  • Currently vacant


Roster updated January 11, 2019
67 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benjamin, Cody. "Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel will run Alliance of American Football's Phoenix team". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Avila, Ricardo (September 28, 2018). "Hotshots: Support, criticism follows new Arizona pro football team's name". Arizona Sports. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Benjamin, Cody (September 25, 2018). "LOOK: Here's a full list of team names and logos from the Alliance of American Football". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Dale, Shane (September 25, 2018). "'Arizona Hotshots': New AZ pro football team gets its nickname". KNXV-TV. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Higgins, Ron (October 11, 2018). "Ex-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hired as offensive coordinator with Arizona AAF team". Mississippi Clarion Ledger. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Somers, Kent (November 28, 2018). "AAF draft: Arizona Hotshots think they found their man in quarterback Trevor Knight". AZ Central. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Inabinett, Mark (July 12, 2018). "Alabama, Auburn players to go on Birmingham AAF team's assignment list". AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Arizona Hotshots Team Page - Roster". AAF.com. Alliance of American Football. Retrieved September 25, 2018.

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