10/12/2011 5:37 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced a pair of transactions Wednesday, adding both youth and experience to the club’s receiving corps. Wide receivers Maurice Avery and Sean Mackey will join the club for the 2012 season.
The 27-year-old Avery (6’2”, 220) is no stranger to indoor football, spending each of the last four seasons playing at the professional level. He spent 2007 with the Odessa Roughnecks of the Lone Star Football League, where he caught 63 passes for 879 yards and 14 touchdowns. Avery then caught a career-high 22 touchdown passes with the American Indoor Football Association’s Mississippi Mudcats in 2008.
Avery has spent each of the next two seasons in the Indoor Football League, playing for the River City Rage in 2009 and the Omaha Beef in 2010. With the Rage, Avery reached a new personal best with 913 receiving yards and also threw 10 touchdown passes. In Omaha, the wideout caught a career-high 83 passes and also ran for six scores.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Avery played collegiately at Memphis, where he holds the school record for most receptions in a game (13), accomplishing the feat against UAB in 2003.
Mackey, 23, joins the Sharks after finishing his college career at Union College (KY). In 2009, Mackey (5’10”, 188) caught 21 passes for 199 yards in his first year at the school. As a senior in 2010, Mackey broke out as one of the Bulldogs’ top offensive threats, leading the team in receptions (41) and receiving touchdowns (11) while ranking second in both yards (605) and yards per game (55.0).
Mackey is no stranger to the state of Florida, playing his high school football at North Marion in Reddick.
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.