Veteran receiver returns to Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced today that wide receiver Maurice Williams has been signed to the Jacksonville Sharks roster for the upcoming 2017 season.
Maurice Williams (6’2”,195) enters his sixth year in arena football and second season with the Jacksonville Sharks. In 2015, Williams played for the Portland Thunder, and recorded six receptions for 61 yards. He also spent time that year with the Erie Explosion of the PIFL.
Williams spent his 2014 season with both the Los Angeles Kiss and the Jacksonville Sharks, totalling 38 receptions for 499 yards and nine touchdowns. Additionally, he acted as a kick returner for the Sharks with 15 returns for 241 yards. He was selected by the Las Vegas Outlaws in the 2014 Expansion Draft.
The 6’2 wide receiver was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, but was unable to play due to injury. Previously that season, the split his time with the Cleveland Gladiators and Orlando Predators, where he tied his career high in receptions with 38 and had new career highs with 526 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He played his best season on kick return with 28 returns for 467 yards and one touchdown.
He began his arena football career in the UIFL with the Canton Cougars. He played in seven games and scored 17 touchdowns on 34 receptions.
Prior to his professional career, Williams attended college at the University of Pittsburgh and played one season with the Panthers in 2007. He played in six games and had five receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown. Williams is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Strong Vincent High School. He earned Class AAA All-State Defensive Back and All-Region QB.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
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