Storm Adds Purifoy to Receiving Corps

Jul 17, 2015 Tampa Bay Storm

The Tampa Bay Storm has acquired wide receiver Tristan Purifoy, announced Storm Vice President of Football Operations Jeff Gooch.

“Tristan is a speedy receiver that can help stretch the field,” said Gooch. “He is familiar with the South Division and is a piece that can help the team as we head into the final stretch of the season.”

Purifoy (6-foot, 200 lbs., North Alabama) enters his second season in the Arena Football League with the Storm. The second year receiver began his AFL career with the Jacksonville Sharks in 2014. In six games, Purifoy reeled in 17 catches for 220 yards and a touchdown. He also saw action on defense recording nine tackles for Jacksonville.

Purifoy began his collegiate career at Jones County Junior College before transferring to North Alabama. He became one of the top targets in the Lions’ offense, catching 58 passes for 867 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2011. Purifoy also saw action on special teams, returning 12 kickoffs for 296 yards.

The team activated jack linebacker Rick-J Hill from injured reserve. Hill started in 13 games this season and is second on the team with 62.5 tackles. He also recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

The team placed defensive back Randall Burden on injured reserve. Burden saw action in three games this season and tallied 12.5 tackles to go along with two pass breakups.

The team reassigned defensive back Nick Williams.