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Friday October 23, 2015

Derrick Ross returns to Jacksonville on two-year contract

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that fullback Derrick Ross will return to the team, as Ross has been assigned to the Jacksonville roster on a two-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Our offensive line play was excellent, and nobody can replace 30-plus rushing touchdowns in an Arena Football League season,” Sharks head coach Les Moss said. “Derrick has set the standard of excellence at the fullback position, and we look forward to winning a championship with him. Now we just need to get our offensive line set.”

The 31-year-old Ross (6’0”, 270) continued to stake his claim as the top rusher in AFL history in 2015, his first season with the Sharks. Starting all 18 regular season games, Ross led the League with 586 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns on his 147 rushing attempts. Ross scored a touchdown in 15 of the Sharks’ 18 regular season games, and put together 11 multi-score performances.

In addition to his work with the ball in his hands, Ross formed part of the pass-protection unit that yielded just eight sacks during the regular season, the fewest allowed by any AFL team in 2015. As a result of his overall play, Ross earned his fifth consecutive First Team All-Arena selection.

Prior to his time in Jacksonville, Ross spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Soul after breaking into the League with the Dallas Vigilantes in 2011. A consistent touchdown producer, Ross has gained at least 487 yards and scored at least 32 touchdowns in each of his five AFL seasons. Already the AFL’s all-time leading rusher, Ross has racked up 2,846 yards and 175 touchdowns during his arena football career. Ross has also caught 58 passes for 559 yards and 13 touchdowns.

A native of Huntsville, Texas, Ross attended Tarleton State University.


About the Jacksonville Sharks

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