"Neal Tivis is a big, strong offensive lineman," said Blaze president and head coach Ron James. "He is a tough player with a great work ethic. We are excited to see what he can accomplish on the field this season."
The 6-foot-5, 310 pound Tivis started every game over the past two seasons at offensive tackle for ACU, twice earning All-Lone Star Conference accolades. As a senior in 2011, he blocked for Division II's third-ranked passing attack (348.91 ypg) while ACU allowed the seventh-lowest average of sacks per game in the nation. He was recognized for these efforts with spots on the all-region second team and all-conference first team.
As a junior in 2010, Tivis started all 12 games for a nationally-ranked Wildcats squad, helping the team turn in a perfect 11-0 regular season record. With Tivis up front, Abilene Christian produced the country's second-ranked scoring offense (43.33 ppg) as well as the ninth-best passing offense (317.50 ypg).
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Utah (8-5) hits the road this weekend to take on the division-rival Spokane (7-5) at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The game can be viewed live online through the Arena Football League's exclusive partnership with Ustream, the leader in live and interactive video streaming. Visit ustream.tv/utahblaze to stream the game at no cost! Game coverage can also be heard in the Salt Lake City area on The Zone 1280 AM/97.5 FM, the radio home of the Utah Blaze.
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