Gladiators Assigned DB Joe Phinisee, OL Chris Jasperse

The Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League were assigned veteran DB Joe Phinisee and rookie OL Chris Jasperse on Thursday, the team announced.

Phinisee, 30, enters his seventh year in the AFL, with all but half a season coming in a Gladiators uniform. As Cleveland’s all-time leading tackler with 401.5, Phinisee brings a veteran presence to a young secondary that has gotten off to a fast start in 2016.

“It is great to have Joe back with us,” Head coach Steve Thonn said.  “He has a tremendous amount of AFL experience and gives us that veteran presence in our secondary, not only as a defensive back but as a jack linebacker as well.”

To go along with his 401.5 tackles, Phinisee has intercepted 22 passes over his career while also recovering 12 fumbles and scoring nine defensive touchdowns. In 2015, Phinisee registered 63 tackles, recovered five fumbles, and intercepted four passes.

A native of Warren, OH, Phinisee played his college ball at Walsh University, where he earned second-team NAIA All-East Region Honors.

Jasperse, 25, is a Greensboro, N.C., native who enters his first season with the Gladiators and first in the AFL after spending time with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL in 2015.

The 6’4”, 300 lb. offensive linemen played his college ball at Marshall University where he was named First-Team All-Conference USA twice during his collegiate career and set an FBS-level record by starting in every game of his career (53 games) for the Thundering Herd.

In corresponding moves, the Gladiators placed FB Chad Schofield on inactive reserve and DB Shaine Boyle on recallable reassignment.

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