08/13/2016 8:53 PM -
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks and the Arena Football League announced Saturday that four Sharks have earned spots on the AFL’s 2016 All-Arena teams. Wide receiver Joe Hills, offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis and defensive back Greg Reid earned First Team honors, while Mac linebacker Dexter Jackson was selected to the Second Team.
The 28-year-old Hills (6’4”, 220) put together one of the best individual seasons in the history of the Arena Football League. With 161 receptions for 2,020 yards and 58 touchdowns, Hills finished the regular season with 16 more catches, 353 more yards and 10 more touchdowns than any other player in the AFL. In the process, Hills set a new single-season franchise record for touchdown catches, broke his own franchise mark for receptions in a season and became just the second player in the Sharks’ seven-year history to record 2,000 or more receiving yards in a season. This is Hills’ third All-Arena selection in his five AFL seasons, as he earned Second Team honors with the Sharks in 2015 and made the First Team with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2013.
The 30-year-old Lewis (6’5”, 350) enjoyed a spectacular season along the offensive line. Starting each of the Sharks’ 16 games at guard, Lewis was a key part of a pass-protection unit that allowed just 10 sacks during the regular season, the third-lowest total in the League. Additionally, Lewis helped pave the way for Derrick Ross on the ground, as the Sharks’ fullback led the AFL with 399 rushing yards. A Jacksonville native and fourth-year Shark, Lewis is a first-time All-Arena selection.
The 25-year-old Reid (5’9”, 185) followed his 2015 AFL Rookie of the Year performance with another outstanding season in 2016. Starting 15 of the Sharks’ 16 games at the safety position, Reid led all AFL players with 101.5 total tackles and 35 passes defended. He also led the team and finished tied for second in the League with eight interceptions, returning one of those picks for a touchdown in a Week 11 matchup with the Tampa Bay Storm. Reid has now began his AFL career with back-to-back First Team All-Arena selections.
The 28-year-old Jackson (6’2” 270) joined the Sharks prior to the start of the second and provided consistent pressure up the middle. Starting all 16 games at Mac linebacker, Jackson led the Sharks with 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while also forcing a pair of fumbles and knocking down a pass. That total of 5.5 sacks led all AFL Mac linebackers during the 2016 season. A Jacksonville native, Jackson is a first-time All-Arena selection.
The Sharks are set to square off against the Philadelphia Soul in the 2016 American Conference Championship on Sunday, August 14. The matchup will be broadcast live to a national audience on ESPN2, with kickoff from PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. set for 6:00 p.m. ET.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
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