04/02/2013 3:25 PM -

JACKSONVILLE – The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks and the Arena Football League announced Tuesday that Jacksonville defensive lineman Jerry Turner has been selected as the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2 of the 2013 season.

Turner earned this award with a dominant performance in the Sharks’ 61-35 defeat of the Pittsburgh Power last Friday night. Turner was a presence in the Power backfield from the beginning of the game, as he brought down Pittsburgh quarterback Jordan Jefferson on the Power’s first offensive possession. In the second quarter, Turner pounced on a fumble to set the Sharks’ up with a first-and-goal situation.

In all, Turner racked up 4.5 total tackles (three solo), three sacks and a fumble recovery in the team’s Week 2 contest. Those three sacks tied a franchise single-game record, as Turner matched a mark set by Jason Holman during the 2011 season.

Throughout the league, perhaps no defensive lineman is off to a faster start than Turner, who through two games has at least twice as many sacks (4.0) as any other player in the League. The most experienced player on the Jacksonville roster, Turner is in his seventh AFL season and first in Jacksonville. The Tennessee Tech product is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.

Turner becomes the first Shark player to win a weekly League award during the 2013 season.

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-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 2013 season are now available, two tickets as low as $185. 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 and Chum at

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased its fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game will air on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.