Although the main focus in professional football is the NFL, there are still a few smaller leagues. The National Arena League is currently preparing for its 2022 season. The start date of the season has yet to be released but last year they started playing in May.
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The Jacksonville Sharks have been one of the most successful NAL franchises in recent years. They won the league championship in 2017 and 2019. After going 2-6 in 2021, the Sharks will be looking to regain form this season.
Jacksonville announced on Friday that he would sign former Florida State receiver Nyqwan Murray. He played in the CFL in 2020 after a brief stint with the Seattle Seahawks following the 2019 NFL Draft.
Murray played for the Seminoles from 2015 to 2018, spending time under former head coaches Jimbo Fisher and Willie Taggart. He scored a career-high five touchdowns in 2016, including a 104-yard and two touchdown performance in the Orange Bowl win over Michigan.
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The Florida native led the team in receiving in 2017 with 40 catches for 604 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior, he tied for the team lead with 54 catches for 754 yards. Murray scored the winning 58-yard touchdown against Louisville and was named the ACC’s third all-star team to conclude his career in Tallahassee.
After going undrafted in 2019, Murray landed a UDFA deal with the Seattle Seahawks. He attended the rookie mini-camp and training camp before not making the final roster. Murray then moved on to the CFL signing with the Toronto Argonauts.
Unfortunately, he never made an appearance in a game. Murray was signed after the 2019 season and the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. It was cut before the start of the 2021 season.
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What can be even more interesting about Murray getting a shot in the NAL is that he’ll be back in the same jersey as a former Florida State teammate. Quarterback Malik Henry is listed as the only flagman on Jacksonville’s roster. Henry signed with the Seminoles out of high school, but opted to transfer after only one season in which he wore a red blouse.
The California native played a two-year game at Independence Community College and landed in Nevada in 2019. Henry started two games with the Wolfpack but ultimately left the program.
Henry spent time with the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League before being signed by Jacksonville.
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