03/25/2015 5:25 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced today that the team has added a pair of veteran players, as Jack linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson and offensive lineman Ray McNeil have been assigned to the Jacksonville roster on one-year contracts. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The 34-year-old Jackson (6’2”, 200) enters his fifth season in the Arena Football League. Most recently, Jackson began the 2014 season with the New Orleans VooDoo, recording 39 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three pass breakups during 14 regular season appearances. Jackson then joined the Cleveland Gladiators during the postseason, recording a total of 17 tackles and one interception over the course of the Gladiators’ three-game playoff run.
Jackson began his career with the VooDoo, spending two seasons with the team before playing with the Pittsburgh Power in 2013. In 2012, he earned First Team All-Arena honors after tying for the league lead and setting a New Orleans franchise record with 14 interceptions. That season, Jackson also recorded a total of 75 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. As a rookie in 2011, Jackson racked up a team-high eight interceptions with the VooDoo.
Though his primary role has typically been on defense, Jackson has seen time at wide receiver during his AFL career, totaling 11 receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to the start of his AFL career, Jackson finished his collegiate career at Albany State University, where he spent time at wide receiver and punt returner. Jackson is a native of Como, Mississippi.
The 30-year-old McNeil (6’2”, 315) enters his fifth AFL season, most recently starting 14 games for the Tampa Bay Storm during the 2014 campaign. Prior to his stint with the Storm, McNeil saw action in 15 games along the offensive line with the San Jose SaberCats in 2013, making 12 starts.
McNeil spent the 2012 season with the Milwaukee Mustangs, making a total of 13 starts in 14 appearances. In 2011, McNeil broke into the AFL with the Utah Blaze before a midseason trade took him to the Spokane Shock. Between the two teams, he made a total of 15 starts that season.
Before heading to the AFL, McNeil attended Fort Valley State University, where he earned All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors and was invited to play in the Magnolia Gridiron Classic All-Star game. McNeil is a native of Riverside, California.
In other Wednesday transactions, the Sharks announced that Mac linebacker Pierre Turner has been placed on recallable reassignment, and that the contract of offensive lineman Antonio Narcisse has been voided. Following the moves, the Jacksonville roster remains at the League maximum of 24 active players.
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 2015 season are now available, two tickets as low as $99. 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 2015 season. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 on ESPN.