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SHARKS NOTEBOOK: Jacksonville Signs Maurice Williams
- Updated: February 4, 2017
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced that wide receiver Maurice Williams has been signed to the roster for the upcoming 2017 season.
Maurice Williams (6’2”,195) enters his sixth year in arena football and second season with the Jacksonville Sharks. In 2015, Williams played for the Portland Thunder, and recorded six receptions for 61 yards. He also spent time that year with the Erie Explosion of the PIFL.
Williams spent his 2014 season with both the Los Angeles Kiss and the Jacksonville Sharks, totalling 38 receptions for 499 yards and nine touchdowns. Additionally, he acted as a kick returner for the Sharks with 15 returns for 241 yards. He was selected by the Las Vegas Outlaws in the 2014 Expansion Draft.
The 6’2 wide receiver was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, but was unable to play due to injury. Previously that season, the split his time with the Cleveland Gladiators and Orlando Predators, where he tied his career high in receptions with 38 and had new career highs with 526 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He played his best season on kick return with 28 returns for 467 yards and one touchdown.
He began his arena football career in the UIFL with the Canton Cougars. He played in seven games and scored 17 touchdowns on 34 receptions.
Prior to his professional career, Williams attended college at the University of Pittsburgh and played one season with the Panthers in 2007. He played in six games and had five receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown. Williams is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Strong Vincent High School. He earned Class AAA All-State Defensive Back and All-Region QB.
Jacksonville Add Three to Roster
Jacksonville Sharks announced that quarterback Liam Nadler, defensive lineman Brandon Davis and offensive lineman/fullback Charles Granger have been signed to the Jacksonville Sharks roster for the upcoming 2017 season.
Liam Nadler (6’6”, 232) will enter his first season in arena football with the Jacksonville Sharks. Prior to joining the Sharks, Nadler was a highly considered NFL prospect at quarterback, entering the 2016 season as an unsigned free agent. NFL.com scouting reports listed him as “a highly intelligent QB and is the desired size of an NFL pocket passer.” The 6’6, 232 pounder was on the radar for multiple NFL teams before accepting an invitation to the New York Jets rookie mini-camp where he auditioned for the quarterback position under head coach Todd Bowles. Before signing with the Sharks, he was also invited to work out with the New England Patriots in the midst of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension at the beginning 2016 season.
Nadler spent his collegiate career at Gannon University, a Division II school in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he became the Golden Knights all-time leader in 300-yard passing games (12), pass attempts (1,123), pass completions (665), passing yards (8,519), 200-yard passing games (22), and passing touchdowns (58).
Davis (6’4”,315) will enter his rookie season in arena football with the Jacksonville Sharks. Davis attended Florida A&M University in 2012 as a senior and made 19 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery in 10 regular season games. Davis is a native to Jacksonville, FL and attended Robert E. Lee High School.
Granger (6’0”, 296) will enter his second season in arena football after spending the 2016 season as an offensive lineman for the Cedar Rapids Titans of the IFL. Granger played for Sharks head coach Mark Stoute who coached his last season with Cedar Rapids in 2016. During Granger’s time with Cedar Rapids he played in six games helping the team to an appearance in the United Conference Championship. Prior to his pro career, Granger attended Langston University, a NAIA school in Langston, Oklahoma. The Lions offensive lineman earned All-CSFL honorable mention team in 2014.
Sharks Announce 2017 Theme Nights
The Sharks have announced the Theme Nights and promotions schedule for the upcoming 2017 season. The Sharks have a variety of creative themes designed to create a fan experience at the Shark Tank. In addition, the team will incorporate a number of appreciation nights and other initiatives to directly benefit the Jacksonville community. Familiar fan favorites from seasons past will combine with new electrifying theme nights to make the 2017 season a year to remember.
The Sharks’ home schedule opens Saturday, March 25 against the Georgia Firebirds. This game will kick off the home opener with “Superheros and Villains Night.” The Sharks have brought back the fan-crazed Superhero Night, but added an evil twist to invite villains to the Sharks game as well.
The first 1,000 kids (12 and under) who attend the game will receive a free superhero cape provided Snyder Heating & Air. Special appearances include Batman, Ironman, Wonderwoman, Joker and Harley Quinn. Join the Heroes and Villains as Kids and adults alike can dress up as their favorite superhero or villain and enjoy a high flying spectacular halftime performance by XPOGO as they return to the Shark Tank to wow the fans on the field. Whether you’re a hero or villain watch the Sharks battle for their first home victory of 2017.