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AFL: Sharks’ Jones Named Offensive Player of the Week

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks and the Arena Football League announced Tuesday that Jacksonville wide receiver Tiger Jones has been named the League’s Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2015 AFL season. 

Jones receives this honor for his record-breaking performance in Jacksonville’s loss to the Philadelphia Soul on Sunday.

Facing the team for which he played from 2012 through 2014, Jones established a new franchise record with 239 receiving yards, breaking the old mark of 210 set by Jeff Hughley during the 2011 season.

 Jones totaled 13 receptions in the game, scoring five touchdowns for the second consecutive week. He opened the game with a 36-yard touchdown on a fourth-down pass during the game’s opening drive, then went on to score two more touchdowns in the first half and another two in the second half. 

It is worth noting that Jones now hold both the record for most receiving yards by a Shark in a single game, as well as the record for most receiving yards by an opponent against the Sharks. Jones’ total of 208 when he played with the Dallas Vigilantes in 2011 remains the record for a Jacksonville opponent.

Just three games into his Jacksonville career, Jones has already proven to be one of the most reliable targets for Jacksonville quarterback Tommy Grady, catching at least 10 passes in every game to this point. Through three weeks, Jones leads the AFL in receiving yards (496), is tied for the AFL lead in receiving touchdowns (10), and ranks third in the AFL in receptions (33).

Jones becomes the second Shark to receive a weekly League award in 2015. Wide Receiver Joe Hills was named the J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 1.

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