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ARENA NOTES: Sharks Gain Wide Receiver Darius Reynolds

JACKSONVILLE – The 2019 National Arena League Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced the signing of wide receiver Darius Reynolds and defensive lineman Keith Bowers.

Reynolds joins the Sharks following a four year stint with the Philadelphia Soul. Darius began playing for the Soul in 2016 and remained with the team through last season.

During that time he totalled 255 receptions for 3,523 yards, 91 touchdowns, 44 tackles, and 9 kick returns. As a member of the Soul, Reynolds led the team to back-to-back championship wins in ArenaBowl XXIX and ArenaBowl XXX while also earning First Team All-Arena honors in 2017.

In 2015, he played for the San Jose SaberCats of the NAL generating 49 receptions, 17 rushes, 11.5 tackles and helped the team win ArenaBowl XXVIII. Reynolds started his arena career in 2012 with the Iowa Barnstormers where he played through the 2014 season.

As a Barnstormer he totaled 176 receptions for 2,567 yards, 14 tackles, and 14 kick returns and earned Second Team All-Arena honors in 2014. Before entering Arena football, Reynolds was briefly signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2012.

During his college career Reynolds began at Reedley College where he played Quarterback, throwing for 1,752 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushing for 749 yards and 11 touchdowns. After his freshman year Reynolds transferred to Iowa State University where he played as a wide receiver.

As an Iowa State Cyclone, Reyonds had a career total of 81 receptions for 1,050 yards, nine touchdowns, and two tackles.

Bowers resigned for his fifth season of arena football and with the Sharks.

Bowers is the only defensive player on the Sharks roster that was a part of both NAL Championship rosters from Jacksonville’s 2017 and 2019 seasons.

In 2019, Bowers played all 16 games for the Sharks, where he had 12.5 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, and one fumble recovery.

In 2018, Bowers played in 15 games for the Sharks and had 24.5 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one safety. In 2017, Bowers played in five games for the Sharks, where he landed 10.5 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles.

He began his arena football career with the Sharks in 2016 where he played briefly towards the end of the season, helping the team to the playoffs and an appearance in the American Conference Championship game.

Bowers attended the University of Maryland from 2011-2015. He played in 46 games and recorded 119 tackles total, five sacks, and recovered two fumbles

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