12/01/2016 2:50 PM -

JACKSONVILLE –  The Jacksonville Sharks announced today that offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis has been signed to the Jacksonville roster for the 2017 season.


Cornelius Lewis (6’5”, 350) will begin his fifth season with the Sharks and seventh season in arena football. During the 2016 season, Lewis started in all 16 regular season games with the Sharks and both postseason games. Lewis comes back to the Sharks after a career year, with an offensive line that allowed only ten sacks, third fewest in the AFL in 2016 and finished the season as a First Team All-Arena selection.  Lewis played a key role for the Sharks, paving the way for fullback Derrick Ross’ 399 rushing yards and a 20 touchdown season.  


During the Sharks’ 2015 ArenaBowl run, Lewis made 11 starts on the Sharks offense that allowed only eight sacks, the fewest in the AFL in 2015. The Jacksonville native started all 16 games in 2014, in addition to his role as a lead blocker, Lewis pulled in a 13-yard catch for a touchdown. In his first season with the Sharks, the 350 pound lineman started all 16 games during the 2013 season after playing two seasons for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2011 and 2012.


Prior to his arena football career, Lewis signed as an undrafted free-agent with the Indianapolis Colts following the 2009, draft but did not appear in a game for the Colts his rookie season.


Lewis spent his collegiate career at Tennessee State where he was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team selection, not allowing a single sack his senior season for the Tigers. The local standout attended Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida where he was ranked the 18th guard in the nation and was tabbed as a member of the Florida Times-Union Super 24 team.


About the Jacksonville Sharks


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