Five players find spot on Mountain Lions roster

Last week I wrote that the Sacramento Mountain Lions were holding open try outs in Sacramento on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15. A total of 245 players showed up to the workout, and five would find a spot on the roster on coach Dennis Green’s roster.

The Mountain Lions signed Eric Arogbofa (tight end, Tuskegee University), Daniel Catalano (defensive end, Northern Michigan University), JT Gilmore (linebacker, Western Oregon University), Adam Tafralis (quarterback, San Jose State) and Marcus Smith (defensive lineman, University of Arizona) after the Sacramento tryouts.

Tafralis grew up in Millbrae, where he starred at Mills High School. After three years at San Jose State (2004-07) he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts.

Smith was raised in San Diego before playing at Arizona. He has spent two seasons as a practice squad player before playing with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes.

Before the open try outs in Sacramento, Coach Green and his coaching staff held similar tryouts in San Diego, signing both tight end Dominique Jones (Shepherd University) and defensive end Brian Coulter (University of Missouri).

“We had an exciting weekend of two tryouts in Sacramento,” Green said. “We were really impressed with a lot of players at the tryouts, but we did not want these particular (five) players to leave without knowing of our willingness to commit to them on the spot. They have the talent and potential to help us be a tremendous team in our upcoming season.”

That season will begin in August, but the schedule is yet to be finalized. Ticket information will be available soon at

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