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  1. #121
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    Quote Originally Posted by josereyessteal View Post
    well maybe you should
    I bet if you farted, a bunch of Micro Machines would fall outcha butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    I bet if you farted, a bunch of Micro Machines would fall outcha butt.
    what does that have to do with the topic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josereyessteal View Post
    what does that have to do with the topic?
    I'm not sure what's more pathetic, you...or this thread.

    Have you not noticed that no one other than you participates?

    Jets Things is right. NO ONE CARES.

    You must get a thrill when you post and see your name on the main board under Pro Arena Sports.

    For the rest of us, it's annoying. We like to keep track of new posts for basketball and hockey and instead we're subjected to this garbage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordy View Post
    I'm not sure what's more pathetic, you...or this thread.

    Have you not noticed that no one other than you participates?

    Jets Things is right. NO ONE CARES.

    You must get a thrill when you post and see your name on the main board under Pro Arena Sports.

    For the rest of us, it's annoying. We like to keep track of new posts for basketball and hockey and instead we're subjected to this garbage.
    nothing against you but this is a football mb

    this is football when the jets are off

    you should maybe get into it and care

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    Quote Originally Posted by josereyessteal View Post
    nothing against you but this is a football mb

    this is football when the jets are off

    you should maybe get into it and care
    No, twit. This is an arena sports forum and you're the only one who cares about the pointless AFL. Do you shove a Jacksonville Sharks nerf football up your ass when you beat off?

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    MORE DRAMA FOR A FLORIDA QB TODAY

    JACOBS NAMED STARTER FOR HOME OPENER

    03/21/2012 4:21 PM














    JACKSONVILLE, FL – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Wednesday that a healthy Omar Jacobs has been named the team’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s home opener against the Georgia Force.

    After being informed of this decision, quarterback Chris Leak did not show up to meetings or practice as instructed and was immediately suspended.

    The Sharks added a quarterback to the roster Wednesday, as the team has been assigned rookie Herbert Bynes. The 24-year-old Bynes (6’3”, 245) attended Hampton University, where he was a teammate of current Shark offensive lineman Michael Ola.

    Bynes enjoyed his best season as a Pirate in 2008, starting all 11 games and throwing 19 touchdown passes against 10 interceptions en route to Second Team All-MEAC honors. Bynes is a native of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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    great signing by the sharks

    BERNARD MORRIS RETURNS TO SHARKS

    03/22/2012 8:15 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, FL – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that quarterback Bernard Morris has been assigned to the 2012 roster.

    Morris served as Jacksonville’s backup quarterback during the 2010 season, completing 51 of 83 passes for 567 yards and eight touchdowns against no interceptions. Morris was also the team’s second-leading rusher that season, carrying the ball 32 times for 97 yards and six touchdowns. The versatile Morris also started three games at “Jack” linebacker, recording twelve total tackles and a pass breakup during the 2010 season.

    Last season, Morris played for the Pittsburgh Power, throwing 55 touchdowns against just nine interceptions in 11 games with the team. Morris also led the Power in rushing, racking up 312 yards on just 46 carries.

    The 26-year-old Morris played collegiate football at Marshall and began his professional career with the Arkansas Twisters of the Indoor Football League in 2009.

    To make room for Morris on the roster, the Sharks announced that quarterback Herbert Bynes has been placed on reassignment.

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    horrible loss by the sharks last night

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mKxS...1&feature=plcp

    SHARKS FALL TO FORCE IN HOME OPENER, 69-41

    03/24/2012 8:43 PM














    JACKSONVILLE - The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks struggled on both sides of the ball, falling to the South Division rival Georgia Force, 69-41, in the Sharks first home game of the regular season on Saturday night in front of 10,142 at Sea Best Field inside the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

    “It will be a learning experience,” said head coach Les Moss. “Anytime you get beat there is a lot to learn from. Not only players but coaches also. And I promise you there are plenty of mistake to go all the way around in that locker room. So we’ll learn from that and get better.”

    Quarterback Omar Jacobs, who was named the starter at the beginning of the week, struggled out of the gates in his first start of his Arena Football League career. Jacobs accounted for four turnovers in the first half. He fumbled the ball on the opening drive, and threw three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown by the Force’s Eric Crosby.

    The Sharks continued their first quarter woes, only managing one first down. Their inability to move the ball early led to no points in the first quarter, as they trailed 13-0 after one.

    “My performance was probably one of my worst performances ever,” said Jacobs. “That first half, I couldn’t even explain it. Offensively we sputtered. It sucks to lose at home. A lot of us are frustrated.”

    The Force on the other hand, used a dynamic combination of quarterback RJ Archer and wide receiver Larry Shipp. The two hooked up for touchdowns five times in the first half, including on a 45-yard bomb, early in the second quarter to give the Force a 20-6 lead.

    Jacksonville answered on the very next play when Jacobs hit Bobby Sewall for a 45-yard touchdown of his own. The score was their only offense score of the half. The Force continued to pour it on rattling off 21 unanswered points as they took a 41-14 lead into halftime.

    Jacobs appeared to settle down in the second half, leading the Sharks to touchdowns on both of their offensive possessions in the third quarter. Jacobs connected with ArenaBowl XXIV hero Jeron Harvey for a touchdown, from inside the Force 10-yard line, on the last play of the third quarter. The score cut the Force lead to 27-48, entering the fourth quarter.

    “Once we got settled down and we came out in the second half we were more productive and were playing sharper football,” Jacobs said. “I’m optimistic. I think the second half proved that we’re a high-powered offense and we can score points.”

    Jacobs finished the game completing 24-of-40 passes for 258 yards and five touchdowns. However, it was the turnovers that hurt the Sharks with Jacobs throwing four interceptions, while fumbling once.

    Still, despite Jacobs' second half improvements, the force had too much fire power for the Sharks. The Sharks defense had no answer for the Force, as Archer led Georgia to four more touchdowns, throwing three and rushing for another.

    Archer carved up the Sharks secondary, completing 26-of-39 for eight touchdowns and no interceptions. Shipp led all receivers with 12 catches for 144 yards and six touchdowns. Brandon McRae added 11 catches for 102 yard and two touchdowns.

    Terrance Smith led the Sharks with 11 catches for 81 yards and one touchdown, while Harvey and Sewall each scored two touchdowns.

    The loss drops the Sharks to 1-1 on the season, while pushing the Force back above .500 at 2-1. Next up for the Sharks is a road trip to the Gulf Coast to take on the Tampa Bay Storm, March 30, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

    Media Awards:
    Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Larry Shipp
    Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Eric Crosby
    JLS Ironman of the Game: Terrance Smith
    AFL Playmaker of the Game: Larry Ship
    Cutters Catch of the Game: Terrance Smith
    Spalding Highlight of the Game: Jacobs to Sewall 45-yard touchdown pass
    National Guard MVP of the Game: Larry Shipp


    Duluth, GA (March 24, 2012) - In an exciting showdown against the Jacksonville Sharks, the Georgia Force defeated the ArenaBowl XXIV champions with a final game score of 69-41. In front of a rowdy crowd of Arena Football League fans, the two competitors fought it out in the opening game at Sea Best Field at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. This was the first win against the Sharks for the Force in series history.




    The first score of the game did not occur until there was only 3:57 minutes left in first quarter when Force QB RJ Archer made the first of many successful connections to WR Larry Shipp. Force JLB Eric Crosby then returned an interception for 20 yards resulting in a touchdown within the two minute mark of the first quarter. A quick score was made by Georgia for a 45 yard touchdown thrown to Shipp by Archer for the second time in the game. Archer then hooked up with Shipp for the third time in the first half, pulling the Force up to 27-14, which was then followed by their fourth connection of the night, pulling the Force up to 34-14. On the ensuing kickoff, DB Robert Durham forced a fumble with 48 seconds left to play in the first half, which quickly resulted in the fifth touchdown from Archer to Shipp. DB Tracy Belton stopped a Jacksonville scoring drive to end the first half.




    Archer found his favorite target, Shipp, for the sixth time in the game, and the Force led 48-20. Archer then ran it in for a five yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, pulling the Force ahead to 54-27.With nine minutes left in the game, the Force managed a 27 point lead due to a touchdown by Archer to WR Brandon McRae. A late interception by Durham enabled the Force to knock off the defending champions at their home opener.




    The Force have a bye next during Week 4. Their next game will be at home against the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia on Saturday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

  10. #130
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    PLACING ON LEAGUE SUSPENSION
    LB Buster Davis 5'9 270 10/20/1983 Florida State

    SHARKS TO HEAD SOUTHWEST TO FACE STORM

    03/26/2012 9:24 PM

    JACKSONVILLE - The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks look to rebound from last Saturday’s loss against as they head southwest to face the Tampa Bay Storm on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Jacksonville enters this road test having suffered a 69-41 defeat at the hands of the Georgia Force in last weekend’s home opener on Sea Best Field. In that game, five first-half Shark turnovers helped Georgia build a 41-17 lead from which the Force never looked back.

    Though Jacksonville played steadier football after the intermission, Georgia held off any threat of a rally in the game’s final two quarters. In his first career Arena Football League start, quarterback Omar Jacobs finished with four interceptions against five touchdown passes.

    In the loss, wide receivers Jeron Harvey and Terrance Smith built on their season-opening performances with another pair of solid games. Harvey caught two touchdowns for the second straight week, while Smith accounted for 204 all-purpose yards and scored twice as well.

    Another player who enters this week’s game with momentum is wide receiver Bobby Sewall. After serving as the holder and seeing a bit of time on offense in the season opener, Sewall replaced an injured Shamar Graves in the starting lineup on Saturday and made his presence felt.

    Thanks in large part to a slick 45-yard touchdown reception, Sewall finished Saturday’s game with five catches for 104 yards and a pair of scores. In doing so, he became the first Shark receiver to cross the 100-yard mark in a game this season.

    On the other side of the ball, Derrick Summers notched his first sack of the season against Georgia. A Second-Team All-Arena selection as a rookie in 2011, Summers and the rest of the Sharks’ pass rush will look to cause havoc in the Tampa Bay backfield.

    Know Your Foe

    That Storm offense is led by a familiar name wearing a new jersey. Quarterback Steve Wasil started against the Sharks in 2011 as a member of the Kansas City Command, handing Jacksonville its final loss of that 2011 season.

    Now in Tampa, Wasil has thrown a pair of interceptions in each of the Storm’s first two games of 2012. Still, the Redford, Michigan native has been effective on the run, accounting for four of Tampa Bay’s five rushing touchdowns this season.

    One key to holding the Storm offense in check will be stopping wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez. The impressive rookie has hauled in 23 receptions for 350 yards through his team’s first two games, leading the league in both receptions per game and receiving yards per game.

    Defensively, Tampa Bay has struggled to get pressure on the quarterback so far in 2012, as Pernell Phillips accounted for the team’s lone sack in the Storm’s season-opening loss to Chicago.

    Broadcast Information

    Because Friday’s game will be played on Friday night while NFL Network’s “Arena Football Friday” is on the air, the game will not be broadcast on television.

    However, fans wishing to watch the game live may do so on the Sharks’ official Ustream channel, found at www.ustream.tv/JacksonvilleSharks. In addition, the game will be carried live via I (Heart) Radio. A direct link to the broadcast stream will be available on jaxsharks.com on the day of the game.

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    tough loss for the sharks

    SHARKS FALL 71-69 ON LAST-SECOND SCORE

    03/30/2012 10:01 PM














    TAMPA, FL - Steve Wasil hit Prechae Rodriguez for a game-winning touchdown from one yard out as time expired, dashing the Jacksonville Sharks' hopes of a dramatic comeback as the Sharks fell, 71-69, in front of 8,446 at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday night.

    Jacksonville (1-2) had scored a go-ahead touchdown with 4.5 seconds remaining, as quarterback Bernard Morris hit Terrance Smith in double coverage for a 42-yard touchdown that gave the Sharks a 69-65 lead. However, Smith was then flagged for intentional pass interference on what would have been the final play run by Tampa Bay (2-1), a penalty that moved the ball all the way up to the Jacksonville one yard line.

    With one play left, Rodriguez cut left toward the boards and Wasil delivered a perfect pass beyond the outstretched arms of a Jacksonville defender for the decisive score. It was the fifth time in the game that Wasil found Rodriguez in the end zone.

    For Jacksonville, Morris entered the game early in the third quarter after starting quarterback Omar Jacobs appeared to leave with an injury. Jacobs returned to the Shark bench in the fourth, but Morris remained in for the rest of the game. In this emergency role, Morris finished 9-for-13 for 115 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score.

    In his time on the field, Jacobs seemed to put last week's four-interception performance behind him, as the Shark quarterback connected on 14 of 20 attempts for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

    For Tampa Bay, Wasil finished 29-for-38 for 312 yards and seven touchdowns. Rodriguez (11 catches, 101 yards, five touchdowns) and Chandler Williams (14 catches, 169 yards, two touchdowns) each crossed the century mark for the Storm. Jacksonville receiver Jeron Harvey led Jacksonville's offense with 12 receptions for 129 yards and a score.

    The game began with four touchdowns on the first five plays of the game. Smith fumbled the opening kickoff and Tampa Bay defender Riley Swanson pounced on the loose ball for a score. Smith then returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. Tampa Bay then scored on their first offensive play of the game before Smith returned yet another kick for a touchdown to make the score 14-13.

    With the loss, Jacksonville drops to 1-2 in 2012 entering the team's second bye week. The Sharks will return to action on April 13, hosting the Utah Blaze on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Kickoff for that game is set for 8:00 p.m.

    Storm 71 - Sharks 69

    Final - Attendance: 8,446
    Amalie Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

    Tampa Bay’s Prechae Rodriguez caught a one-yard touchdown pass as time expired and the Storm (2-1) defeated the Jacksonville Sharks (1-2), 71-69, Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Bernard Morris had connected with Terrance Smith for 42-yard touchdown with 4.5 seconds left to give Jacksonville a 69-65 lead. However, after the ensuing kickoff, the Sharks were called for pass interference on a Storm quarterback Stephen Wasil hail mary attempt. The penalty gave the Storm the ball on the one-yard line. One untimed down play found Rodriguez collecting his fifth touchdown of the game from Wasil.

    Wasil was 29-of-38 for 312 yards and seven touchdowns. Rodriguez had 11 catches for 101 yards and Chandler Williams added a game-high 14 receptions for 169 yards and two scores.

    The teams exchanged the lead four times in the final 40 seconds of the game. Sharks' backup quarterback Bernard Morris ran in from five yards out at 40.7 seconds to give the Sharks a 62-58. Storm receiver Victor Williams returned an on-side kickoff 11 yards with 37.6 seconds putting the Storm back on top 65-62 lead.

    The Storm took a 51-41 lead on Juan Bongarra’s 18-yard field goal with 11:29 remaining in the fourth period, but Jacksonville rallied for a pair of scores. A Storm turnover allowed Rendrick Taylor to run his second touchdown of the game from two-yards out. This gave the Sharks a 55-51 lead with 5:12 left in the game.

    What started out as a scoring barrage with the Storm leading 21-20 after one period, slowed a bit in the second stanza. The Sharks took a 34-27 lead after Jacobs connected with Smith and Jeron Harvey with 2:24 remaining in the second quarter.

    The Storm cameback on an 8-play, 45-yard drive at the end of the second quarter as Wasil hit Rodriguez his third score of the night. Juan Bongarra’s extra point tied the game at 34 as the teams entered the half.

    Two electrifying kickoffs of 58 and 57 yards in a two-minute period of the first quarter by Sharks' Terrance Smith helped Jacksonville take an early lead, 14-13, at the end of the first quarter.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFHmrwq92Rk

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    SHARKS ADD KOREEN BURCH TO ROSTER

    04/04/2012 5:41 PM














    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Wednesday that WR/DB Koreen Burch has been assigned to the team’s roster.

    The 23-year-old Burch (5’9” 170) was originally assigned to the Philadelphia Soul’s 2012 roster on September 30, 2011. After spending training camp with the team, Burch was placed on reassignment on March 9.

    Before beginning his pro career, Burch played collegiate football at Ball State University, serving primarily as a cornerback. He enjoyed his best year as a Cardinal in 2009, recording 43 total tackles and nine pass breakups. Burch contributed to the Ball State offense as a freshman in 2007, running for 208 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries.

    The addition of Burch fills the open roster spot created when OL/FB Eric Davis was traded to the Cleveland Gladiators on Tuesday in exchange for a waiver claim position.

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    Get a life, nerd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Get a life, nerd.
    any thoughts that ADD to the topic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josereyessteal View Post
    any thoughts that ADD to the topic?
    Nobody cares obviously. NO ONE has ever responded to your thread other than to keep telling you how irrelevant it is and that none of us ****ing cares. You and this thread are annoying. But you keep posting. Basically, all it is for you is masturbation. You can do that elsewhere.

    P.S. And your sig picture is way oversized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josereyessteal View Post
    any thoughts that ADD to the topic?
    Do you use your own fecal matter as a masturbatory lubricant?

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    pretty amazing really, the interest in frigging arena football.... overwhelming

    all you have to do is take a look at those poll vote totals and you know that everybody is abuzz about the AFL

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    SHARKS TO HOST BLAZE IN RETURN FROM BYE

    04/09/2012 5:15 PM














    JACKSONVILLE – Following the team’s second bye week of 2012, the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks have returned to the practice field to prepare for the team’s game against the Utah Blaze on Friday, April 13 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Friday’s game is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m.

    For the Sharks, the upcoming contest serves as an opportunity to move past the team’s last-second 71-69 loss at Tampa Bay on March 30. In that contest, Jacksonville took a 69-65 lead with 4.5 seconds remaining in the game before the Storm scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired.

    This week, wide receiver Terrance Smith will look to build on his strong start to the 2012 season. Smith heads into this game fresh off a five-touchdown performance against Tampa Bay. In that game, the second-year veteran caught three touchdown passes, returned a pair of kickoffs for scores and racked up a season-high 259 all-purpose yards. That performance earned him a selection as the AFL Playmaker of the Week for Week 4.

    While Smith has received the league accolades, fellow receiver Jeron Harvey has been a consistent presence for the Sharks’ offense this season. Harvey has recorded at least eight receptions in each of the first three games this season and has matched Smith with five touchdown receptions in 2012. Harvey’s 12 catches and 129 receiving yards against the Storm stand as the team’s season highs in those two categories.

    Defensively, the Sharks will look to generate more turnovers going forward. The team has just two total takeaways in the last two games and has not recorded an interception since the season opener. Getting an extra possession or two via a key turnover could make the difference in what should be a competitive contest.


    Hollywood Award Night

    Friday night will be “Hollywood Award Night” at Sea Best Field, as the Sharks pay tribute to the stars of the silver screen. Fans will be able to walk the red carpet at the arena entrance, and many of the in-game promotions will emphasize this Hollywood atmosphere.

    Those attending the game are encouraged to dress as their favorite actor or actress, as those who show up in the best costumes will have a chance to win a 2012 “Sharkie.” The awards will be presented throughout the course of Friday’s game.


    Know Your Foe

    Like the Sharks, the Utah Blaze enjoyed a bye week in Week 5. Utah enters this week’s tilt at 2-2, and has remarkably both scored and given up exactly 234 points. To this point, the Sharks and Blaze have not had any common opponents, though Utah did fall to the South Division’s New Orleans VooDoo on March 31.

    Utah is led by veteran quarterback Tommy Grady, who is in the midst of his third AFL season and fourth year of arena football overall. In 2011, his first year with the Blaze, Grady tied a franchise record with 107 touchdown passes against just 11 interceptions. Before joining Utah, Grady played for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz for two seasons, as the team competed in af2 in 2009 and the AFL in 2010.

    This year, Grady has found early success thanks to a trio of potent receivers. Aaron Lesue, Ernie Pierce and Alvance Robinson have all caught at least 27 passes for 330 or more yards. Lesue ranks tied for fourth in the AFL with 12 touchdown receptions this season.

    On the other side of the ball, the Jacksonville offensive line will have their hands full with a Blaze defensive front that leads the league with 16 sacks – six more than any other team in the league. Mike Lewis has led that relentless pass rush with six sacks, an individual total that ranks him tied with or ahead of 12 AFL teams.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=91So3QQS1GM

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    GAME PREVIEW: UTAH BLAZE VS. JACKSONVILLE SHARKS

    Last Updated: April 10, 2012 2:16 PM


    Blaze Travel to Jacksonville to Square Off Against Reigning ArenaBowl Champs

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Blaze (2-2) travels to Florida this week to take on the reigning ArenaBowl Champion Jacksonville Sharks (1-2) in a Friday night matchup. Both teams are coming off of bye weeks and will be looking to rebound after suffering losses in week four.

    Utah slipped to third in the National Conference’s West Division after falling to the New Orleans VooDoo two weeks ago, 72-57. Meanwhile, Jacksonville has dropped its last two contests, mostly recently a matchup with Tampa Bay Storm that was decided on the game’s final play. The Sharks rank fourth in the South Division of the American Conference. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM (MST) on Friday, April 13th at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

    Turnovers will once again be a key factor in deciding who comes away with a victory. Last week, Utah turned the ball over seven times against the VooDoo with five interceptions and two lost fumbles. The Blaze has worked hard on correcting mental mistakes in an effort to be more efficient as it prepares to take on a Jacksonville squad that has registered a league-low four takeaways. Both teams hold a turnover margin of (-5).

    “We know that Jacksonville is a very difficult place to play and we must take care of the football better than we did in our last game,” said President & Head Coach Ron James. “Winning a game on the road in this league is always a challenge. We have to be a more efficient team offensively.”

    Defensively, the Blaze continues to pace the Arena Football League with 16 sacks on the season. All-Arena defensive ends Mike Lewis and Caesar Rayford are the league’s leaders in that category, placing first (6.0 sack) and second (4.5 sacks), respectively. Getting pressure on the quarterback will go a long way in stifling a Sharks offense that ranks 16th in the AFL in total offense (236.0 ypg) and 15th in passing offense (221.7 ypg).

    Jacksonville features Omar Jacobs and Bernard Morris at quarterback following the departure of Chris Leak, who left the team after week one. The two have combined to throw for 496 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Wide receiver Jeron Harvey has totaled 30 catches for 280 yards and five touchdowns, and ranks second in the league with an average of 10 receptions per game. Opposite Harvey is Terrance Smith, a versatile receiver that has contributed five receiving touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, and two more scores on kickoff returns.

    “Jacksonville has a very good receiver corps,” said James. “They are a group that plays at a very high level at home. Defensively, we need to play sound coverage, tackle well, and make sure we pressure the quarterback.”

    Utah is expecting big things out of quarterback Tommy Grady as it looks to get its passing game back on track. Grady ranks fifth in the AFL with an average of 313.0 yards in total offense per game. In four contests, Grady has thrown for 25 touchdowns and rushed for three more scores to place third in the league in total offensive touchdowns, as he trails Arizona’s Nick Davila and San Jose’s Mark Grieb by just one score.

    Grady’s favorite target has been wide receiver Aaron Lesue, who earned Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week honors after racking up 15 receptions for 125 yards and four touchdowns against San Jose in week three. Lesue has been on fire this season and is currently tied for third in the AFL in receptions (37), and fourth in receiving touchdowns (12).

    The Sharks rank sixth in total defense (276.0 ypg) and passing defense (256.7 ypg). However, Tampa Bay is the only opponent Jacksonville has faced this season that ranks in the top half of the league in passing offense, as the Storm places fourth in the AFL with an average of 302.0 aerial yards per game. In its other two contests, the Sharks have taken on Georgia and Kansas City, who rank 14th (230.2) and 17th (210.5), respectively, in passing yards per game.

    “We are looking forward to the challenge of playing the defending AFL champions on their home field. These are the type of contests that can prove our mettle as a football team early in the season.”

    The Utah Blaze versus the Jacksonville Sharks can be viewed online through the Arena Football League’s exclusive partnership with Ustream, the leader in live and interactive video streaming. Visit www.UTBlaze.com/live to stream the game live and at no cost! The game can 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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