Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Quarterback Vogler Leaves Team

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Quarterback Vogler Leaves Team

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Jacksonville Tomcats quarterback Matt Vogler, who started the first game in the arenafootball2 team's history, has left the indoor football franchise.

The 30-year-old Vogler said he left the team because of several issues, including not regaining his starting job from Jeff McCrone after returning from a shoulder injury he suffered in the second game of the season.

"It was a decision that I made based on some decisions with the team and that's just the way it went," said Vogler, who threw for 177 yards and four touchdowns in Jacksonville's season-opening 37-35 win over Augusta at the Coliseum on April 7. "It was actually a coaches decision as well."

Vogler said he made his decision after meeting with Tomcats head coach Perry Moss, who had nothing but praise for the former Texas Christian standout.

"It boiled down to he thought he should be starting," Moss said. "The way things developed I couldn't make a change. I didn't want him to leave because I think a lot of him. You need two good quarterbacks. Every team needs a good quarterback because you never know what may happen."

Vogler injured his shoulder on the first play of the second half of the second game of the season. McCrone relieved him and threw a touchdown pass with five seconds remaining to beat host Tallahassee 37-36. McCrone, a former Orange Park High School standout, started in Vogler's place the following week, completing 19-of-30 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a 41-33 loss at Augusta.

Vogler's shoulder had healed in time for the April 28 home game against Carolina, but Moss stuck with McCrone, and he responded with 319 yards and seven touchdowns, including the game-winner with seven seconds to play, in a 59-56 victory. McCrone threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 40-31 loss at Carolina.

"He wanted his job back, and the way things developed I couldn't take Jeff out of there because he'd had two great ball games," Moss said. …

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