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ARENA: Jacksonville Sharks Sign Receivers Barnett, Gregory

The 2019 National Arena League Champion Jacksonville Sharks have announced the signing of wide receiver Vinny Gregory. Gregory joins the Jacksonville Sharks for his rookie year of arena football.

The Sharks also announced the signing of CIFL, UIFL, PIFL, and NAL champion wide receiver Phillip Barnett. Jacksonville also inked defensive back Jamaal Burgess, defensive lineman Darrell Henderson, and wide receiver Damien McGhee.

Barnett played with the Washington Valor of the AFL during the 2019 season. Barnett was a star receiver for the Carolina Cobras, recording 63 catches for 644 yards and tied for 1st in touchdown receptions with 21 during the regular season.

“Extremely excited to have a player of Phil’s caliber playing for the Sharks in 2021. He brings a lot to the table at the receiver position. He has the ability to get open vs. man coverage which we all know is a plus in this game. He also brings a very high football IQ which from a coaching standpoint is huge. I have coached against Phil several times in the last few years and am glad to finally have him on my side for once. He will be a very productive player for us.” Said NAL Champion Head Coach James Fuller.

Gregory signed with the Carolina Cobras for the 2020 season but chose to sign with the Sharks over re-signing with the Cobras to start his rookie year in the National Arena League. Gregory began his college career at Erie Community College where he played for two seasons. As a receiver for ECC, he combined 39 catches for 419 yards and scored three touchdowns.

His best season with the Kats came in 2016 where he started in every game for Erie, leading the team in receptions (32) and receiving yards (344), he also caught at least one pass in every game including six receptions for 73 yards against Nassau CC. Gregory served as a top receiver helping the Kats to a perfect 6-0 road record and 7-3 overall record.

Burgess signed with the Sharks for the 2020 season and has decided to re-sign with Jacksonville for 2021 for his first year with the team and third season of arena football. Burgess spent the 2019 season as a member of the Philadelphia Soul in the AFL.

In 2018, Burgess saw more action playing in the IFL where he recorded 10 tackles while playing for the Nebraska Danger. Burgess spent his college career playing for Bethune Cookman University where he played in 19 games racking up 41 tackles, 10 pass breakups, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and one interception during his career as a Wildcat.

His best game came in 2016 against Tennessee State where he recorded two solo tackles, two assists, and caught an interception that he returned for nine yards. Burgess calls Miami, FL home, and attended Miami Killian Senior High School where he lettered in both football and track & field.

Henderson signed with the Sharks for his rookie year of arena football. Henderson joins Jacksonville after his college career at Alcorn State where he spent five seasons with the Braves and earned the role of team captain on Alcorn State’s defensive line during his redshirt senior year.

During his final season with the Braves in 2019 he started in all 13 games at defensive tackle recording 43 tackles, and eight for a loss. Henderson and the defensive line helped Alcorn State lead the nation (Division I FBS) in turnovers gained with 36 including six turnovers in the SWAC Championship game against Southern University. Alcorn State finished the year 9-4 as SWAC Champions and earned a college bowl game invitation to the Celebration Bowl against North Carolina A&T.

McGhee also signed with the Sharks for his rookie year of arena football. McGhee finished his college career at Florida Tech at the Division II level where he played 10 games at wide receiver during the 2018 season recording 26 receptions for 302 yards, and three touchdowns for the Panthers.

Prior to Florida Tech, McGhee was a wide receiver for Presbyterian College a Division I (FBS) in Clinton, SC he played in 21 games totaling 15 receptions for 224 yards, and two touchdowns with his best playing coming from a 70-yard touchdown reception against Campbell College.

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