TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Sugar Skulls have signed Kent Shelby, one of the leading receivers from the 2019 IFL champion Sioux Falls Storm.

Shelby, 6’2, 210 pounds, caught 43 passes for 518 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Storm who finished with an overall record of 14-3 including three playoff victories and the United Bowl championship. He caught three passes for 38 yards in a first-round playoff victory over the Sugar Skulls. In the United Bowl victory over the Arizona Rattlers, Shelby caught three passes for 19 yards and two touchdowns.

The signing gives the Sugar Skulls two of the top receivers in the IFL. Tucson previously signed Ryan Balentine, the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 United Bowl, and the leader in most receiving categories in the 2019 season while playing for the Iowa Barnstormers. The duo will be on the receiving end of passes from the 2019 IFL MVP, quarterback Daquan Neal who signed with the Sugar Skulls earlier this month.

Shelby played college football at McNeese State where he had 80 career receptions and 1,285 receiving yards. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2018 and participated in the Chargers rookie mini-camp.

The Sugar Skulls now have 16 players signed for the 2020 season. Training camp begins in late February or early March depending on the season schedule which will be released later this month.

The 16 signees are:

Name                          Pos        Ht        Wt       College

Ryan Balentine           WR         6'1       180      Southern Mississippi

Adolphus Barnes        OL          6'4       285      Eastern Illinois

Kordell Brewster         OL          6'2       270      UL-Lafayette

Cory Butler                  DB/WR   5'9       180      Utah

Cam Gaddis                DB          6'1       195      Pima Community College

Jajuan Harley              DB          6'2       215      Middle Tennessee State

Jeremiah Harris          WR         5'8       155      Webber International

Mike Jones                  RB          5'11     210      Bethune-Cookman

Lawrence Keys           OL          6'2       300      UNC-Pembroke

TreQuan King             RB          5'11     190      Texas Tech

Johnny McCrary          QB          6'4       210      Vanderbilt

Robert Metz                DL          6'4       240      Dixie State

Michael Minter Jr.       DB          6,0       175      Middle Tennessee State

Daquan Neal               QB          6'2       215      Elizabeth City State

Koree Reed                 WR         6'0       185      Hartwick College

Kent Shelby                WR         6'2       210      McNeese State

The Sugar Skulls will play seven regular-season home games at the Tucson Arena beginning in March with the regular season running through June. The IFL playoffs will begin in early July.

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public with reduced prices from the 2019 season in several sections of the arena. Season ticket information is on the Sugar Skulls website at www.tucsonsugarskulls.com. Information also is available by calling the team office at (520) 573-3000. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday