02/07/2014 5:00 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The 2013 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Friday that the team has made two additions to its 2014 roster. Wide receiver Andrew Bodenheimer and linebacker Jeremiah Turner have been assigned to the team on one-year rookie contracts. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The 24-year-old Bodenheimer (6’3”, 210) heads to the Arena Football League after a standout career at East Carolina University. During his tenure with the Pirates, Bodenheimer progressed from serving as a walk-on special teams performer to a mainstay in the starting lineup. As a senior in 2012, Bodenheimer finished as the team’s second-leading receiver, racking up 36 receptions for 371 yards and three touchdowns.
Bodenheimer established collegiate career highs as a junior in 2011. That season, he started 10 of the Pirates’ games, totaling 46 catches for 484 yards. Bodenheimer first cracked the regular starting lineup during his sophomore season in 2010, catching 40 passes for 370 yards and the first two touchdowns of his East Carolina Career. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Bodenheimer saw action in 14 games, serving primarily on special teams.
A native of Clemmons, N.C., Bodenheimer attended West Forsyth High School.
The 29-year-old Turner (6’2”, 250) is the younger brother of current Sharks defensive lineman Jerry Turner. Though he has yet to play in the Arena Football League, Jeremiah Turner brings plenty of indoor football experience to Jacksonville. Most recently, Turner enjoyed an outstanding season with the Abilene Bombers of the Lone Star Football League. Earning LSFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, Turner racked up 15 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, five pass breakups and two blocked kicks to go along with 34.5 total tackles (28 solo).
Turner also has other professional football experience, as he spent time with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders in 2008. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Turner spent his collegiate career at Concordia College.
In other Friday transactions, the Sharks announced that wide receiver Bobby Sewall and offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath have been placed on recallable reassignment.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time 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 2014 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 facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game live on ESPN.