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ARENA: Jacksonville Sharks Add DB Knight, OL Williams

JACKSONVILLE (JaxSportsNews) – The 2019 National Arena League Champion Jacksonville Sharks have announced the signing of Defensive Back Michael Knight and Offensive Lineman Mike Williams for the 2021 season.

Williams signs for his second season of arena football and second year with the Sharks. Knight signs for his fourth season of arena football and first with the Sharks.  

Knight (5’10, 190) last signed with the Arena Football League’s Baltimore Brigade for 2019. Prior to that, he played in four games for the Brigade in 2018 before finishing the year with the Washington Valor helping Washington get to ArenaBowl XXXI where they defeated his former team the Brigade 69-55.

Knight finished the season with 27 tackles, three pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one interception. Knight spent his rookie season with the Washington Valor during their inaugural season.. Knight was one of the AFL’s best rookie defensive backs in 2017 recording 53 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and four interceptions. 

Williams is the first offensive lineman from the 2019 NAL Champions roster to re-sign with Jacksonville under Head Coach James Fuller.

Williams served as a starter on the undisputed best line in the NAL, giving up only 11 sacks in 14 games. To put that in perspective the next closest team was Carolina who allowed twice as many sacks on the year (22) while Sharks rival the Orlando Predators allowed more than four times that amount with 46 sacks that season.

Williams’ role in the Sharks offensive line helped pave the way for Jacksonville’s running game that led the league with 298 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns. Williams also caught two passes for 17 yards and was the only rookie offensive lineman on the championship roster.

Williams finished his college career at Jacksonville University totaling 24 tackles and two sacks on the Dolphins defensive line. He also played for Villanova from 2013-2016.

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