05/17/2012 5:17 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks made a pair of additions Thursday, shuffling the team’s roster prior to Saturday’s Week 11 matchup with the Iowa Barnstormers. The team announced that quarterback Collin Drafts and defensive lineman Jimmy Saddler-McQueen have been added to the team’s roster.
The 27-year-old Drafts (6’3”, 215), began the 2012 season with the Orlando Predators, starting the team’s first four games. With Orlando, Drafts completed 76 of 134 passes for 815 yards, throwing 15 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He also ran for 51 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23 carries and is currently the Predators’ second-leading rusher.
This is Drafts’ third season in the Arena Football League, as he debuted with the Dallas Vigilantes in 2010. In that year, Drafts completed nearly 61% of his passes and threw 60 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. He saw limited action with the Predators in 2011, accumulating 12 touchdown passes against just two picks. Drafts is a native of Beaufort, South Carolina and played collegiate football at Charleston Southern.
The 25-year-old Saddler-McQueen (6’3”, 250) is an AFL rookie who began this season with the Tampa Bay Storm. He played in four games with the Storm, including the team’s Week 4 matchup against Jacksonville, recording five tackles (four solo) and a pass breakup.
After finishing his collegiate career at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Saddler-McQueen signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2010 NFL season. Waived by the Bears prior to training camp, Saddler-McQueen caught on with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in his first career game against the New York Giants in November of that season. Saddler-McQueen also spent time on the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad during the 2010 season.
The Sharks also announced Thursday that the team has activated fullback Rendrick Taylor from injured reserve, while offensive lineman Josh Vernon has been placed on injured reserve and wide receiver V’Keon Lacey has been placed on league suspension.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and 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 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $87. 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.