FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011
Chris Kuck signs contract with AFL’s Jacksonville Sharks
Former Dolphin tight end Chris Kuck will continue his career locally after signing a contract to play with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League.
Kuck becomes the second Dolphin from the 2010 team to sign with a professional team, joining Leonard Payton who signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
The Marathon, Fla. native joins the top-rated Sharks (12-1) as they get ready to host the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday in the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7 p.m.
“He is a self-made guy that has had a great passion for the game,” said assistant coach Andy McLeod. “We are happy that his passion and hard work is paying off for him. We are excited to see Chris continue his career locally with the Sharks.”
As a Dolphin, Kuck finished tied for fifth all-time with 12 touchdown receptions in 40 games to help JU earn a Pioneer Football League title in 2008 and 2010.
Kuck came on the scene during his sophomore and junior season by posting five touchdowns each year. As a junior, Kuck caught a pass in five straight games to open the year after missing the season opener with an injury. He caught two passes, both touchdowns, against Butler. Kuck also accomplished a two-touchdown effort as a sophomore in the win against Webber International.
In 2010, Kuck had 12 catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns in his final season. He had a four-yard touchdown catch in the season-opener at Old Dominion and a score at Butler. For his efforts, Kuck received second team all-PFL honors.