The Cleveland Gladiators are reporting they have been assigned Arvell Nelson. Nelson, 28, played for Cleveland last season as a jack linebacker, but then was moved over to quarterback, the position he grew up playing. Nelson, played his high school ball at local powerhouse Cleveland Glenville and saw time in college at the University of Iowa and Texas Southern University.
For the Gladiators Nelson has collected 92 tackles, six interceptions, and scored two defensive touchdowns in his time with Cleveland. On offense, Nelson made his first start in Week 5 vs the Orlando Predators. Nelson threw for 332 yards, six touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Cleveland lost that game 76-56 and the Glads did not score in the fourth quarter.
Nelson would remain the man under center for the remainder of the season throwing for 70 touchdowns and rushing for 11 more. The 11 rushing scores was best in the league for a quarterback and Nelson finished with the fourth most rushing scores regardless of position. Nelson averaged 13.2 yards on the ground per game which was good for third best regardless of position.
Nelson played a major part of the “bomb squad” as Cleveland fans began to call the team’s passing attack during the season. In that time, wide receiver Collin Taylor added to his streak that reached to 32 games in a row with at least one touchdown, and the streak kept going into the playoffs when Nelson hit Taylor for a 16 yard score late in the third quarter of their first round playoff matchup vs the Los Angeles KISS. The streak would end the next week in the National Conference title game.
It is unclear if this chapter with the Gladiators will lead to any time at quarterback, as the report lists him as JLB (jACL linebacker).
Shane Boyd, the current starting quarterback, joined the Glads this season and played in the first game last week throwing for 288 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception vs the Tampa Bay Storm at the Q. The other quarterback listed on the active roster is rookie Tanner Marsh.