08/06/2013 4:55 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The 2013 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Tuesday that Mac linebacker Aaron Robbins has been activated from inactive reserve.
The 30-year-old Robbins (6’3”, 270) started each of the Sharks’ first 17 regular-season games at Mac linebacker, leaving the team’s Week 18 matchup against the New Orleans VooDoo with an injury. Robbins was placed on inactive reserve on July 23.
This season, Robbins solidified his position as one of the top Mac linebackers in the league, racking up career-high totals of 12.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Robbins finished second on the team in both categories, trailing only defensive lineman Jerry Turner, and ranked sixth in the league in tackles for loss and seventh in the league in sacks. Robbins recorded a sack in five consecutive games from Week 2 through Week 6, and notched at least a partial tackle for loss in seven straight games from Week 2 to Week 9. In addition to his pass-rushing statistics, Robbins totaled 28 tackles (20 solo), three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
The reigning All-Arena First Team Mac, Robbins is in his third year with the Sharks and fourth AFL season overall. In 2012, Robbins started each of Jacksonville’s 18 regular-season games, racking up career highs with 8.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Robbins finished second on the team in each of those categories, tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries and ranked second among Jacksonville defenders with two forced fumbles.
Robbins first joined the Sharks team partway through the 2011 season, totaling 15.0 total, 1.5 sacks, 2.0 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. In addition to winning ArenaBowl XXIV with the Sharks that year, Robbins was a member of the ArenaBowl XXIII-winning Spokane Shock in 2010. In what was his rookie season in the league, Robbins notched 4.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries with the Shock.
Before beginning his professional career, Robbins spent his collegiate career at the University of Wyoming, where he was a teammate of fellow Shark Isaac Morales. Robbins is a native of Aurora, Colorado and now resides in Jacksonville.
In another Tuesday transaction, the Sharks announced that defensive lineman Mark Crawford has been placed on inactive reserve. The Jacksonville roster remains at the League maximum of 24 active players.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
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About the AFL
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