Gladiators Assigned DL Luke Black & Isiah Dunning

The Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League have been assigned DL Luke Black and Isiah Dunning, the team announced Thursday.

Black, 27, enters his third season in the AFL and returns for his second stint with the Gladiators after tallying 20 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks during the historic 2014 season in which the Gladiators went 17-1 during the regular season and captured the American Conference Championship. Black spent his rookie season with the Utah Blaze in 2013.

“It’s great to have Luke back with us again,” Head Coach Steve Thonn said. “He made a huge impact on our defense two years ago and we fully expect that from him again. He brings a great attitude and energy that makes the others around him better.”

A Marietta, Ohio native, Black played collegiately at Fairmont State University where he finished his career with 37 tackles for loss and 20 sacks while being named First-Team All-WVIAC twice in his time with the Falcons.

Dunning, 23, enters his first season in the AFL as a rookie after spending time in camp with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL in 2015.

A Ravenna, Michigan native, Dunning played collegiately at Grand Valley State where he tallied 127 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in his final two seasons, earning All-GLIAC honors his senior year for his contributions on the field.


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