Gladiators Assigned JLB/QB Arvell Nelson

The Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League were assigned QB/JLB Arvell Nelson on Sunday.

Nelson, 27, is a Cleveland, Ohio, native that enters his first season with the Gladiators and fourth in the AFL after spending the 2015 season with the Spokane Shock, where he threw for 1,104 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing for seven more in just seven games.

For his career, Nelson has thrown for 1,333 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 158 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Nelson, however, not only brings some experience under center but also gives the Gladiators a presence on the defensive side of the ball. Nelson has appeared in 31 games over the course of his career as a jack linebacker, registering 59 tackles, five interceptions, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, as well as one and a half sacks during his time with the Spokane Shock (2013 and 2015) and Pittsburgh Power (2014).

“We are excited to have Arvell joining the Gladiators,” Head Coach Steve Thonn said. “He is one of the more versatile players in our league and will help strengthen us on the offensive and defensive side of the ball as well as special teams.”

Prior to turning pro, Nelson played two seasons collegiately at Texas Southern University after originally committing to the University of Iowa. While with the Tigers, Nelson threw for 21 touchdowns and rushed for four more in two seasons as a starter.

Nelson prepped at Glenville High School, on Cleveland's east side.

The Gladiators also announced on Sunday the team had placed DB Dayonne Nunley on reassignment.

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