SAN DIEGO, California – The Strike Force have re-signed defensive back Tareq Abulebbeh and have signed defensive backsMalcom Lee and Donnie Duncan to their 2020 Indoor Football League roster.
Abulebbeh (5-9, 181, Southern Illinois University) joins San Diego for his first full season in the IFL. During the 2019 season Abulebbeh joined the Strike Force for one game against Sioux Falls.
"Tareq stepped in for us late in the season, on the road, and impressed our defensive staff with his ability to pick up our schemes nearly on the fly," said Strike Force General Manager Ryan Eucker. "We're looking forward to seeing him compete out of the gates in training camp while getting a full build up toward the 2020 season."
Abulebbeh attended the local community college, San Diego Mesa, where he led the team with six interceptions, including two pick sixes. He tallied up a total of 21 tackles for the 2014 season. From there, he went to Southern Illinois University and saw six game appearances with a total of 16 tackles, but unfortunately had a season-ending injury. Both years at SIU, Abulebbeh was recognized on the MVPF Academic Honor Roll. He finished his collegiate career out at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he had a total of 34 tackles (18 solo and 5 assisted), four kick return attempts with 29 yards, and five interceptions.
The dual sport athlete attended Kearny High School and lead the football team to a winning record his senior year and undefeated conference record.
Lee (6-2, 200, University of British Columbia) joins San Diego for his first season as a member of the Strike Force. The Canadian native took part in the CFL combine and impressed many viewers, earning himself the #19 spot on the CFL's Central Scouting Bureau rankings. During the combine Lee ranked in the top five for the vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone sprint and shuttle time.
"Malcom is a long, athletic corner that is aggressive at the point of attack," said Strike Force General Manager Ryan Eucker. "His experience in the Canadian style game and handling motion will be a natural transition to indoor. We're looking forward to seeing him compete in training camp."
Lee started his collegiate football career out of University of Nevada and eventually transferred to University of British Colombia. He racked up 100 tackles (69 solo and 31 assisted) and saw 34 game appearances during his time as a Thunderbird. Lee is known for his courageous change from wide receiver to cornerback before the championship game of his freshman season, after the victory, Lee never returned to offensive side of football.
The dual sport athlete graduated from St. Thomas More Collegiate High School. Lee was named MVP and was selected to the Provincial All-Star game in 2013. He was born in Surrey, British Colombia and is the brother of BC Lions Running Back, Jamall Lee.
Duncan (6-2, 220, University of New Mexico) joins San Diego for his first season as a member of the IFL. Prior to joining the Strike Force, Donnie was a member of the Amarillo Venom of Champions Indoor Football in 2017 where he recorded 10 interceptions and earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors. Joining the back-to-back CIF Champions in the Duke City Gladiators the next two seasons, who have transitioned to the IFL for 2020, Donnie recorded five interceptions in 2018.
"Donnie is an experienced defensive back in the indoor game that consistently put himself in a good position and has a nose for the football," said Strike Force General Manager Ryan Eucker. "We're looking forward to seeing him compete in training camp and help us set the tone early in San Diego."
Prior to his indoor football career, Duncan played his collegiate career at the University of New Mexico where he recorded 55 tackles (44 solo), three pass breakups, and two interceptions. Duncan is a native of Southern California where he graduated from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he was ranked No. 64 athlete by ESPN, being an all-around player for his high school where he competed as a wide receiver, defensive back, quarterback and kick returner starting in various positions throughout his 4-year career. Most notably, as a senior, Duncan led Hamilton to an 11-3 record propelling the team to the their first ever City Sectionals championship in the school's 78-year history.