03/26/2015 5:43 PM
JACKSONVILLE - The Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that the team has activated Mac linebacker Pierre Turner from recallable reassignment.
The 27-year-old Turner (6'2", 250) originally joined the team during training camp, agreeing to a one-year contract on March 16. Turner enters his fifth season in the Arena Football League, heading to Jacksonville after spending the past three years with the San Antonio Talons. Turner saw action in 11 games during the 2014 season, totaling 13 tackles (seven solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks to go along with one pass breakup.
Turner’s two most productive AFL seasons to date game in 2012 and 2013, his first two years with San Antonio. In 2013, Turner notched a total of 26 tackles (18 solo), recorded a career-high total of 5.5 tackles for loss and recorded 4.5 sacks. The previous season, Turner recorded personal bests of 30.5 tackles (26 solo) and five sacks, adding a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Turner first broke into the League in 2011, splitting time between the Cleveland Gladiators and the Orlando Predators. Appearing in a total of 15 games with the two teams, he logged 22.0 total tackles (17 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble in his AFL debut.
Prior to the start of his professional career, Turner attended the University of Richmond, where he predominantly spent time at defensive end. During his four-year stint with the Spiders, Turner recorded a total of 76 tackles and eight sacks. Turner is a native of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
In another Thursday transaction, the Sharks announced that defensive lineman Nicolas Jean-Baptiste has been placed on inactive reserve. Following the moves, the Jacksonville roster remains at the League maximum of 24 active players.
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