11/12/2010 5:00 PM -

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - The Jacksonville Sharks announce the addition of defensive lineman Michael Hancock to the 2011 roster.

Hancock (6’7, 260, Florida Atlantic) comes to the Sharks after being invited to training camp with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL. He was worked out privately twice by the Miami Dolphins and once with the New Orleans Saints. Hancock will play his rookie season in the AFL with the Sharks.

A resident of Parkland, FL, Hancock attended Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he walked on to the football team in 2004 and finished his collegiate football career as a full-scholarship starter on the defensive line in 2008. His exemplary character, commitment and courage earned him a nomination for the Rudy Award, named after the former Notre Dame walk on of movie fame.

Hancock redshirted in 2004 and was moved to tight end in 2005 due to injuries where he saw action in seven games. Seeing playing time in special teams and as a defensive end, Hancock registered 21 tackles (11 solo), three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks in 19 games (1 start) as a redshirt-sophomore and junior. As a redshirt-senior, he accumulated 36 tackles, seven for loss, and six sacks. He also returned a fumble recovery 34 yards.

Hancock attended Coral Springs Christian High School in Coral Springs, FL where he was named a two-time all-conference member and the team’s leading tackler. Hancock was a three-sport athlete competing in football, baseball and track. He finished sixth place in the state track meet in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 110 hurdles.

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The reigning South Division Champions play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks return to action Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Arizona to battle the Rattlers. The Sharks return home Saturday, March 19, 2011 to take on division foe Georgia Force. Season tickets for the 2011 season are now available. To reserve your season tickets, group tickets, or for more information please call (904) 621-0700.