05/01/2012 2:34 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The Arena Football League announced Tuesday that Jacksonville Sharks lineman Jason Holman has been selected as the JLS Ironman of the Week for Week 8 of the 2012 season.
Holman started last Saturday’s game against the Spokane Shock at nose guard, but when starting fullback Ailao Eliapo was injured in the first quarter, Holman stepped in at that position as well and played on both sides of the ball for the rest of the game. At fullback, Holman finished with two carries for five yards and helped block for an offense that recorded a season-high total of 365 yards.
Often referred to as the Sharks’ most versatile player by head coach Les Moss, Holman has started each of Jacksonville’s first six games at three different positions. He opened the season at defensive end and then made one start at nose guard before starting three consecutive games at fullback.
Holman is no stranger to playing a versatile role. In 2011, he made eight starts at nose guard, seven starts at defensive end and one start each at fullback and offensive guard. On June 18, he started at both nose guard and fullback against the Milwaukee Mustangs. Then, in the American Conference Championship Game against Georgia, Holman filled in for an injured Randy Degg at center, playing a vital role as the Sharks clinched a berth in ArenaBowl XXIV.
Holman recorded 17 total tackles, eight tackles for loss and six sacks during the 2011 season, his first in Jacksonville. The 29-year-old native of Midlothian, Virginia played collegiate football at Winston-Salem State.
Taking Holman’s award into account, the Sharks have had a player earn a weekly league honor after each of the team’s last four names. Wide receiver Terrance Smith was named AFL Playmaker of the Week for Week 4 and Week 6 (the team had a bye in Week 5). Smith then earned the Spalding Highlight of the Week following Week 7.
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