10/29/2012 5:25 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Monday that the team will return a key piece of its pass rush in All-Arena Mac Linebacker Aaron Robbins, who has been assigned to the Jacksonville roster on a two-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Since Aaron joined us in the middle of the 2011 season, he has been a leader and a captain on the defensive side of the ball,” Sharks Head Coach Les Moss said. “He is a champion, has been named first team all-league, and in my opinion is the best Mac linebacker in the league. We are extremely excited to have him back in Jacksonville.”
The 29-year-old Robbins recently wrapped up a stellar 2012 season in which he was selected to the All-Arena First Team, a distinction that ranks him as the league’s top Mac linebacker. Robbins started each of Jacksonville’s 18 regular-season games, racking up career highs with 8.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Robbins finished second on the team in each of those categories, tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries and ranked second among Jacksonville defenders with two forced fumbles. Robbins also recorded two pass breakups and a quarterback hit.
Robbins’ sack total ranked second in the league among full-time Mac linebackers and tied for seventh in the league overall. He also led all Macs and ranked sixth in the league in tackles for loss. Robbins combined with Scooter Berry to form one of the top pass-rushing tandems in the league. The duo finished the year with a total of 21.5 sacks, the second-highest amount for any duo of defenders on a single team.
Robbins turned in some of his best work during the second half of the season, as he recorded his only two-sack game of the year in Week 12 against Orlando. He then finished the year strong with 2.5 sacks over the Sharks’ final four games.
2012 marked Robbins’ second year with the Sharks. He joined the team partway through the 2011 season, totaling 15.0 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.0 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.
In addition to winning ArenaBowl XXIV with the Sharks, Robbins was a member of the ArenaBowl XXIII-winning Spokane Shock in 2010. In what was his rookie season in the league, Robbins notched 4.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries with the Shock.
Before beginning his professional career, Robbins spent his collegiate career at the University of Wyoming, where he was a teammate of fellow Shark Isaac Morales. Robbins is a native of Aurora, Colorado and now resides in Jacksonville.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
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