10/18/2011 4:50 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Tuesday the return of a key contributor to the team’s 2011 championship. Defensive back JaVonte Holmes has been assigned to the team’s 2012 roster for what will be his second season with the team.

As an Arena Football League rookie, the 26-year-old Holmes (5’11”, 185) appeared in six games during the 2011 regular season, making 17 total tackles (12 solo). Holmes played perhaps his best game of the year against the Dallas Vigilantes on July 9 at Sea Best Field. In that contest, he notched five solo tackles, assisted on three more and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. 

Prior to joining the Sharks, Holmes concluded his collegiate career at San Diego State. In two years with the Aztecs, he made 63 total tackles, secured five interceptions and recorded nine pass breakups. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions as a junior in 2007 and became the first Aztec since 1995 to intercept a pass in four consecutive games. He then tied for the team lead with six pass breakups in 2008.

Before attending San Diego State, Holmes played at the College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA from 2004-05. His team went undefeated in the regular season during his tenure at the school. Holmes is a native of Palmdale, CA.

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 and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at