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Arizona Adds Miles, Stockton and Stokes to Boost Offense

November 19, 2021 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Arizona Rattlers News Release

PHOENIX - The Arizona Rattlers have added three more playmakers to their offense for the 2022 season, as they have re-signed wide receiver Jamal Miles and signed two IFL veterans in running back Justin Stockton and wide receiver J.T. Stokes.

WR Jamal Miles (5'10, 180, Arizona State University) will be returning for his fifth season in the league, all with Arizona. Since the Rattlers joined the Indoor Football League in 2017, Miles is the only player to appear in every game that the team has played. His consistency and leadership have been vital to the organization as Arizona has gone 54-12, won five playoff games and attended three United Bowl Championships during his tenure.

Dangerous as a receiver, returner and rusher, Miles is the Arizona Rattlers' leader in all-purpose yards since the franchise joined the IFL (4,920), and he posted one of his best statistical seasons in 2021 (1,231 all-purpose yards). At his best during the postseason, Miles was Arizona's leading receiver in all three playoff games tallying 17 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns, including a season-high seven catches for 103 yards and a 38-yard touchdown in the 2021 United Bowl vs. Massachusetts.

Miles spent time with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos before joining the Rattlers. A native of Peoria, Arizona, the hometown star shined at Arizona State University and Peoria High School before starting his professional career.

RB Justin Stockton (5'10, 200, Texas Tech University) will be joining the Rattlers for his first season in Arizona and second in the IFL. Playing in 13 games for the league-champion Massachusetts Pirates in 2021, Stockton led the team in rushing with 119 carries for 528 yards, scoring 12 touchdowns and averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He finished with the third-most rushing yards of all IFL running backs (47 yards just shy of first), despite missing a game due to injury.

A quick and versatile threat out of the backfield, Stockton was at his best during the 2021 postseason for Massachusetts, compiling 185 all-purpose yards (169 rushing, 16 receiving) in three games for the Pirates, including a 14 carry, 109 yard and two touchdown performance against Frisco to send his team to the United Bowl. Stockton also earned IFL Offensive Player of the Week honors for his Week 1 showing at Louisville, when he gained 77 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.

Stockton's professional career spans across several established leagues, including the XFL's New York Guardians (2020) and the AAF's Arizona Hotshots (2019). Following his collegiate career, Stockton spent time with the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. A native of Cibolo, Texas, Stockton played at Texas Tech University, ranking 24th in the nation in yards per carry (6.0) during his senior year with the Red Raiders, earning an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

WR J.T. Stokes (6'1, 205, Wingate University) also signs with the Rattlers for his second season in the IFL (Bismarck Bucks in 2021). Stokes was named to the IFL All-Rookie Team last season, leading the league with a 16.2 yards per reception average. Finishing tied for 6th in the IFL with 13 receiving touchdowns, Stokes ended his rookie season with 33 receptions for 534 receiving yards, while also adding 12 rushes for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

Prior to the IFL, Stokes attended Wingate University in southwestern North Carolina. He featured a breakout senior campaign in 2018 when he led the team with 39 receptions, 811 yards, and nine touchdowns, establishing his deep threat reputation with a 20.8 average yards per reception.

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