Arizona Hotshots

The Arizona Hotshots are a professional American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which began play in February 2019. They play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. They are coached by former USFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel. Scott Brubaker is the team president and Phil Savage is the general manager. Rick Neuheisel was announced as the head coach of the Arizona Hotshots by the Alliance of American Football on May 18, 2018. The team was slated to play at Sun Devil Stadium. By September 25, Scott Brubaker and Phil Savage were named team president and general manager, respectively.

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Arizona Hotshots
Current season
Established 2018
Play in Sun Devil Stadium
in Tempe, Arizona
aaf.com/arizona-hotshots/
Arizona Hotshots helmet
Arizona Hotshots logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019–present)
  • Western Conference (2019–present)
Team colorsGreen, Orange and Yellow
              
Personnel
PresidentScott Brubaker
General managerPhil Savage
Head coachRick Neuheisel
Team history
  • Arizona Hotshots (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Arizona Hotshots are a professional American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona, and one of the charter members of the Alliance of American Football, which began play in February 2019. They play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. They are coached by former USFL player and college head coach Rick Neuheisel. Scott Brubaker is the team president and Phil Savage is the general manager.

History

Rick Neuheisel was announced as the head coach of the Arizona Hotshots by the Alliance of American Football on May 18, 2018. The team was slated to play at Sun Devil Stadium.[1] By September 25, Scott Brubaker and Phil Savage were named team president and general manager, respectively.[2]

Phoenix's name and logo were revealed on September 25, 2018, as the Arizona Hotshots along with the other three western teams.[3] The name is a tribute to the region's firefighters, nicknamed hotshots, while the color scheme of green, orange, and yellow are commonly worn by such fire crews. The team's logo is a pair of crossed pickhead axe, which are used by firefighters.[4] The branding was developed by the national office then handed off to the team staff. Reception of the name was mixed, with some arguing it "exploits the memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots."[2]

On October 11, 2018, the team named Hugh Freeze as the offensive coordinator and the rest of the coaching staff.[5] In the 2019 AAF QB Draft, the Hotshots did not protect the assigned (by geographical method) quarterback Mike Bercovici in the first round and instead selected Trevor Knight for his speed.[6] The final 52-man roster was set on January 30.[7]

In January 2019, the Hotshots held their preseason camp in San Antonio.[2] They won their season opener at Sun Devil Stadium on February 10, 2019, against the Salt Lake Stallions.[8]

Staff

Arizona Hotshots staff

Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Coaching Staff

Eastern Conference
ATL
BIR
MEM
ORL
Western Conference
ARI
SL
SA
SD

Players

The Hotshots' own the rights to players from designated schools:[9]

Players not affiliated with any of the designated teams may sign with any AAF team.

Roster

Arizona Hotshots roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Exempt list

  • Currently vacant

Practice squad

  • Currently vacant


Roster updated February 12, 2019
52 Active, 3 Inactive, 0 PS

[10]

References

  1. Benjamin, Cody. "Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel will run Alliance of American Football's Phoenix team". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 Avila, Ricardo (September 28, 2018). "Hotshots: Support, criticism follows new Arizona pro football team's name". Arizona Sports. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  3. Benjamin, Cody (September 25, 2018). "LOOK: Here's a full list of team names and logos from the Alliance of American Football". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  4. Dale, Shane (September 25, 2018). "'Arizona Hotshots': New AZ pro football team gets its nickname". KNXV-TV. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  5. Higgins, Ron (October 11, 2018). "Ex-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hired as offensive coordinator with Arizona AAF team". Mississippi Clarion Ledger. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  6. Somers, Kent (November 28, 2018). "AAF draft: Arizona Hotshots think they found their man in quarterback Trevor Knight". AZ Central. USA Today Network. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  7. "Arizona Hotshots set final roster". Alliance of American Football. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  8. "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  9. Inabinett, Mark (July 12, 2018). "Alabama, Auburn players to go on Birmingham AAF team's assignment list". AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  10. "Arizona Hotshots Team Page - Roster". AAF.com. Alliance of American Football. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
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