The Wild has signed indoor rookie quarterback Alex Rouse and is recruiting former Kansas Jayhawk Todd Reesing — developments that apparently signal the end of Dixie Wooten's career in Wichita.
Wooten, an indoor veteran, guided the Wild to the Indoor Football League United Conference championship game the past two seasons.
"I didn't think he played at the level he needed to in either of those semifinal games," coach Ken Matous said. "This past season, I know he was banged up, but I was disappointed in how he performed."
Matous likes the athletic ability of the 6-foot-4 Rouse, who played at Carson-Newman College, an NCAA Division II school in Jefferson City, Tenn. Rouse, the 2005 freshman of the year in the South Atlantic Conference, played overseas in 2010, leading the Seinajoki Crocodiles to the championship game of the Finnish Maple League.
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During the regular season, he threw 26 TD passes with four interceptions.
"He can run and throw the ball well," Matous said. "He's played in a professional football league; I know he's got some strong leadership qualities. I like the heck out of him."
The 5-10 Reesing, who set numerous passing records while at KU, could be a major draw for the Wild.
"I'd love to get him here," Matous said. "He'd be a hot commodity."
Matous expects the return of wide receiver Clinton Solomon, running back Darius Fudge and defensive back/return man Randy Kelly; they are among the best players in the IFL at their positions.
"You surround a young quarterback with those kids, and I think we're getting our offensive line shored up, and you're looking at a heck of a football team," Matous said.