10/27/2011 5:00 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that one of the anchors of the team’s defensive line will return next season, as Jason Holman has been assigned to the club's 2012 roster.

“Getting Jason back is a big step in our goal to repeat as AFL champions,” Sharks head coach Les Moss said. “He was our most versatile player and a true ironman in our championship run.”

The 28-year-old Holman (6’3, 305) played in 16 games during the 2011 regular season, recording 13 total tackles (nine solo). Holman was a consistent presence in the opposition's backfield, finishing second on the team with eight tackles for loss and tied for second with six sacks. Holman also contributed on the offensive line and filled in as an injury replacement at fullback.

“[Holman] played every position on the offensive and defensive lines, including taking over for center Randy Degg when he was injured on the first drive of the conference championship game,” Moss said. “Without Jason’s gritty play we would not have won the championship.”

Before joining the Sharks, Holman played for several indoor football teams, including the AFL’s Grand Rapids Rampage and the Indoor Football League’s Billings Outlaws and Richmond Revolution. In 2010, Holman signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He began his collegiate career at Maryland before transferring to Winston-Salem State. Holman is a native of Midolthan, VA.

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