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Former Saluki joins Indoor Football League

By Brent Meske, @brentmeskeDE

Former Saluki fullback Mika’il McCall on Monday announced via Facebook he has joined the Indoor Football League and will play with the Nebraska Danger.

The Danger won the Intense Conference last season, and lost in the United Bowl 62-27 to the Sioux Falls Storm.

McCall’s best season at SIU was in 2012, his sophomore season, after he transferred from University of Iowa. He played in all 11 games, starting four, and had 662 total yards and nine touchdowns.

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Former coach Dale Lennon cut McCall for disciplinary reasons after the 2013 season opener.

McCall returned to the team in 2014, and played in seven games, rushing for 308 yards and two touchdowns.

He did not travel with the team when they played Missouri State for disciplinary reasons. He played in seven of the nine games before Missouri State, and did not play the remainder of the season.

Waymon James is the only running back on The Danger’s roster. He played for Texas Christian University and was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He did not post any stats in the NFL.

On Thursday, The Danger announced 16 new additions to the team. IFL teams are allowed up to 40 players at pre-season camps, but the roster needs must be set at 25 by the first game.

The additions include former SIU nose tackle Kayon Swanson, who played with the Salukis from 2008 to 2012. Swanson recorded 136 tackles in 45 games through four seasons.

Swanson was named the national Defensive Player of the Week after a Sept. 10, 2011 game against University of Mississippi. He had eight tackles, three tackles for a loss and two sacks in the 42-24 loss.

McCall and Swanson were teammates at SIU during the 2012 season.

The Danger begin their season at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 with a home game against the Wichita Falls Nighthawks.

Brent Meske can be reached at [email protected] or at 536-3333

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