Anthony Morelli, Pittsburgh Power part ways
Good news quickly followed bad Sunday for quarterback Anthony Morelli after he was cut by the Pittsburgh Power.
Power coach Chris Siegfried chose former Pine-Richland and California (Pa.) quarterback Kevin McCabe as the backup to starter Bernard Morris, but Morelli could end up back in the Arena Football League this week.
"Several teams have contacted my agent," said Morelli, who played at Penn Hills High School and was a two-year starter at Penn State. "I don't know for sure (when he will sign a contract). I just know people are interested."
Morelli, who never played indoor football before attending the Power's training camp this year, said he was surprised by his release.
"I thought I did a great job for only playing arena ball for a short period of time," he said.
Morelli said he was told when he signed that there would be only two quarterbacks in camp. But he understands why Siegfried wanted to add McCabe to the mix. McCabe played indoors last season for the AFL's Cleveland Gladiators.
"It was probably an experience thing," Morelli said. "There are no hard feelings. It's all good. That's how this business works."
"We had a good, healthy battle," McCabe said. "We all raised each other's games."
"It could have gone either way," Siegfried said. "It was the single-hardest position to evaluate on the team because it was such a great battle.
"Kevin is an interesting guy. He has a kind of feel for the game. The ball doesn't always come off his hand as pretty as the other two guys, but it always gets there.
"Anthony can do some great things with his arm, but with the learning curve, especially with a young franchise, we had to go with what helps us win now."
Eight players with local ties will start the season on the Power's 24-man roster or its injured reserve list. Aside from McCabe, wide receiver Mike Washington of Aliquippa, fullback Josh Rue of Gateway and Duquesne University, defensive back Lenny Wicks of Youngstown State and former California (Pa.) linebacker Gary Butler made the team.
Among those players on the injured reserve list, which is not season-ending, will be former Pitt and Aliquippa defensive back Josh Lay (hamstring), wide receiver Terry Grossetti of Slippery Rock (quad) and defensive lineman Josh Gaines (elbow) of Penn State.
Siegfried said Lay might recover in time to join the active roster for the second game of the season March 19 at Consol Energy Center against the Iowa Barnstormers.
The Power opens the season at 8 p.m. Friday at home against the Philadelphia Soul.
|Pittsburgh Power roster|
|QB||12||Kevin McCabe||Cal (Pa.)|
|WR||21||Eddie Thompson||Idaho State|
|WR||6||Irv Campbell||Ga. Southern|
|DB||24||Carlos Campbell||Notre Dame|
|DB||22||Lenny Wicks||Youngstown State|
|DB||2||Antonio Smith||Bowling Green|
|LB||8||Gary Butler||Cal (Pa.)|
|LB||9||Caleb Bostic||Miami (OH)|
|DE||23||Terrance Carter||Colorado State|
|DE||4||Neil Purvis||Virginia State|
|NT||99||Terrance Reese||The Citadel|
|K||5||Paul Edinger||Michigan State|
|Physically unable to perform Injury|
|WR||Terry Grossetti||Slippery Rock||Quads|
|DB||Bernard "Josh" Lay||Pitt||Hamstring|
|DB||Samuel Pope||Hampton||Dislocated ankle (Injured reserve)|
|WR||David Ball||New Hampshire||Concussion|
|DT||Charles Alexander||LSU||Pectoral strain|
|WR||Dorrell Jalloh||West Virginia||Hamstring|
|DL||Josh Gaines||Penn State||Elbow|