QB shuffle for Blaze before game vs. Gladiators

Jun 4 2010 - 12:22am

WEST VALLEY CITY -- So much for the Caleb Eastman era at the Utah Blaze.

The former Ogden Knights QB was waived this week without playing a down, and the Blaze signed another quarterback -- Mark Thorsen -- for tonight's game at the Cleveland Gladiators.

It's a stop-gap move by the new Ron James coaching regime. Brett Elliott is expected to by rehabbed from a hand injury for the game on June 12 versus the Chicago Rush pending final examinations.

Thorson played four games for the af2 Boise Burn in 2008, where he was 17-of-31 passing for 165 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

He was a three-year starter at Western Oregon.

Utah (1-6) is trying to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cleveland (3-5) is coming off its second three-point loss to Chicago, a 52-49 decision last week. Gladiator WR Ben Nelson leads the AFL in receiving yards (1,103) and touchdown receptions (29), and is second in catches (84).

John Dutton is one of the Arena Football League's most accurate quarterback, but his first interception in three games was a key factor in the Chicago loss.

James, named head coach of the Blaze Tuesday, will focus on a defense that has given up 160 points in the last two games.

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