10/15/2015 5:23 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks and Arena Football League announced Thursday that Jacksonville will be assigned six players via the Offseason Assignment Process. The team will add wide receivers Shay Hodge, LaDon Hudson, Roger Jackson and A.C. Leonard, defensive lineman Mark Weivoda, and quarterback Sean Brackett.
The 26-year-old Jackson (6’3”, 190) put together a strong rookie season with the New Orleans VooDoo in 2015. Starting all 11 games in which he played, Jackson racked up 74 receptions for 924 yards and 16 touchdowns, ranking second on his team in all three categories. Jackson scored three touchdowns in a game on two separate occasions, including a mid-season contest against the Arizona Rattlers that was the second game of his AFL career. Prior to the start of his professional career, Jackson played at Arkansas Tech.
The 23-year-old Brackett (6’1”, 200) spent his rookie season with the Las Vegas Outlaws in 2015. Beginning the season as the team’s backup quarterback, Brackett went on to make three starts in 12 games played, completing 80 of his 154 pass attempts for 1,114 yards and 23 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Brackett also finished the season as the Outlaws’ leading rusher, as he totaled 129 yards and six touchdowns on 30 carries. Brackett played his collegiate football at Columbia.
The 24-year-old Hudson (6’3”, 215) also spent the 2015 season with the Las Vegas Outlaws as an AFL rookie. Appearing in 12 games, Hudson totaled 14 receptions for 143 yards and four touchdowns. A versatile player who also contributed on defense and special teams, Hudson added 18.5 total tackles, two pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. Hudson attended Mid America Nazarene prior to the start of his professional career.
The 34-year-old Weivoda (6’2”, 295) is a six-year AFL veteran who most recently spent the 2015 season with the Las Vegas Outlaws. During his one season in Las Vegas, Weivoda totaled 6.5 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks while also recovering a fumble and blocking a kick. Weivoda has recorded three or more sacks in three of his six AFL seasons, setting career highs with 9.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks with the Chicago Rush in 2011. Weivoda also spent three seasons with the San Antonio Talons, where he played with Sharks defensive lineman Joe Sykes in 2013. Weivoda spent his collegiate career at Idaho State.
The 23-year-old Leonard (6’2”, 250) is currently on the AFL’s Other League Exempt list, as he had been assigned to the New Orleans VooDoo before signing with the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions. Hudson has caught 17 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns during his first season in the CFL. A native of Palatka, Florida, Leonard attended University Christian School in Jacksonville before finishing his collegiate career at Tennessee State.
The 27-year-old Hodge (6’2, 205) is currently on the AFL’s Other League Exempt list. He last played in the AFL with the Kansas City Command in 2012. That season, he totaled 53 receptions for 595 yards and 10 touchdowns as an AFL rookie. Hodge was assigned to the New Orleans VooDoo prior to the 2013 season before inking a deal with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hodge played collegiate football at Mississippi.
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