Jacksonville Sports Day

ARENA: NAL MVP Chris Gilchrist Returns to Sharks

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced today that wide receiver Chris Gilchrist (6’5”, 215) has resigned for his third season of arena football and third season with the Sharks.

In 2019, Gilchrist began the season at wide receiver where he recorded 16 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns and made a huge impact in the Championship game.

Gilchrist filled in for suspended All 1st team Jack Linebacker Cody Saul, racking up eight tackles and scoring two touchdowns (one on defense and one on special teams).

His performance earned him the NAL Championship game MVP. In 2018, Gilchrist was one of the Sharks top receivers playing in 15 games recording 59 catches, 706 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.

Gilchrist attended West Texas A&M in 2016, where he totaled 326 yards and scored four touchdowns as a receiver.

He also attended Mt. San Antonio College for from 2013-2014, where he had 800 yards and four touchdowns.

In more roster moves the team has signed First Team All-IFL wide receiver / kick returner Marquel Wade, this will be Wade’s fifth season in arena football and second season with the Sharks. 

Marquel Wade (5’11, 170) spent the last two seasons with the Cedar Rapids River Kings of the Indoor Football League (2018-2019) where he recorded 54 receptions and eight touchdowns. In 2017, the Sharks signed Wade after an open tryout, Wade’s time in Jacksonville was short he played in three games, recording three catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns before getting re-signed by the Nebraska Danger of the IFL to finish the 2017 season. Wade spent his rookie year with the Nebraska Danger where he played in 11 games and recorded 309 receiving yards for four touchdowns.

During his college career, Wade played for the University of Arkansas and made the All-SEC Freshman Team. A native of Jacksonville, FL, he attended Andrew Jackson High School. During his senior year, he had 53 receptions for 796 yards for nine touchdowns. Wade also played varsity basketball at Andrew Jackson.

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