02/18/2012 4:30 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks held an open player tryout on the Jacksonville University campus Saturday morning. This year’s tryout drew nearly 100 participants who competed for the opportunity to join the Sharks for the team’s upcoming training camp.
Players were split into positional groups and then timed in the 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle run. Following the running drills, participants worked on position-specific drills. These drills ranged from agility work and route running to one-on-one competition pitting offensive players against defensive players.
“I thought that everybody that came out competed hard,” Sharks Head Coach Les Moss said. “We had a great turnout and had some prospects. It was really a good tryout camp.”
In previous seasons, the Sharks have brought several players from open tryouts into training camp, including wide receiver/defensive back Brian Walker in 2011. Moss expects the trend to continue this year.
“We’ll bring in some guys that we thought looked good and let them work against our guys when we start training camp,” Moss added. “We’re always looking to improve.”
Any transactions regarding participants in this year’s tryout will be announced in the coming days.
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $135. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance.