01/23/2012 12:58 PM - JACKSONVILLE - The man who made the final catch of the 2011 Arena Football League season will return to the defending champions, as the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Monday that wide receiver Jeron Harvey has been assigned to the team’s 2012 roster.
When he last took the field, the 27-year-old Harvey (6’4”, 225) ended ArenaBowl XXIV by hauling in the game-winning reception as time expired in Jacksonville’s 73-70 victory over the Arizona Rattlers on August 12, 2011. The play capped a postseason in which Harvey totaled 16 receptions for 175 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns.
“Obviously, this is a huge signing for the 2012 season,” Sharks Head Coach Les Moss said. “Jeron is one of the top receivers in this league. Everyone knows about the ArenaBowl winning catch but the way he played in that fourth quarter and throughout the playoffs, he is a difference maker. I’m excited and I know our quarterbacks are too.”
Harvey’s postseason performance came after the receiver missed the final six games of the 2011 regular season due to injury. Despite playing in just 11 of the Sharks’ 18 regular-season contests, Harvey hauled in 90 passes for 1077 yards and 31 touchdowns, ranking second, third, and second on the team in those respective categories. Harvey also ran for 18 yards and two touchdowns on three carries during the regular season.
“We’re very excited to have Jeron back for his third year with us,” Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. “It will be great to have an AFL veteran to help anchor what will be a young receiving corps in 2012.”
During the Sharks’ inaugural 2010 season, Harvey appeared in seven games and caught 27 passes for 364 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and contributed nine tackles.
Before beginning his AFL career, Harvey spent time with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts in 2009. Prior to that, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008.
Harvey finished his college career at the University of Houston, where he recorded 55 receptions for 673 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2007. The Jacksonville native attended Andrew Jackson High School.
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