The Tri-Cities Fever will be returning to Country Financial Field at the Toyota Center on Saturday, April 5. The Fever (1-3) realizes the importance and urgency of being more competitive in order to be a playoff contender. Living just a couple hours away in Portland, OR is a proven winner, someone familiar with the Fever offense, and a fan favorite of the Tri-Cities community. Earlier this week, Coach Shackleford reached out to veteran QB Houston Lillard, and we are pleased to announce he is back at the helm of the Fever offense.
In a statement made by Coach Adam Shackleford he said, “The key to our success on offense is consistent play at the quarterback position. Ball security and production has been an issue the past three games. My decision to make a quarterback change is based on mistakes made that I feel warrant such a move. Ultimately it is my responsibility and my job to make sure we are taking care of these issues and winning. Because I understand that it allows me to make tough decisions. I will put the best players on the field that are available to me. Continued mistakes at any position will not be tolerated.”
Lillard played quarterback for the Tri-Cities Fever from 2010-2012 where he established himself as an accomplished playmaker.
In 2011 he guided the team to the United Bowl and was second in the league in total yards and touchdown passes (87). Additionally, he earned the honor of Second-Team All-IFL Quarterback.
The following season, in 2012, Lillard guided the Fever to a franchise-best 12 wins, while passing for 2,720 yards and throwing for 59 touchdown passes. The Fever made it to their second consecutive United Bowl appearance. Lillard secured his second straight All-League Second-Team award.
Most recently, Lillard has spent the last several weeks in camp with the Portland Thunder of the AFL.
Lillard played his collegiate ball at Southeast Missouri State University. He is the older brother of Damian Lillard, 6th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year.