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Nate Jackson, Two Others Assigned to Hawaiian Islanders

May 6, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Hawaiian Islanders News Release

HONOLULU – The offices of arenafootball2 and the Hawaiian Islanders today announced the assignment of three former University of Hawaii players to the active roster.

Wide receiver/linebacker Nate Jackson (5-11, 180), offensive specialist Craig Stutzmann (5-11, 190) and lineman Joe Correia (6-3, 250) are assigned to the 21-man squad and will travel with the team as the Hawaiian Islanders (3-2) face the San Diego Riptide (1-3) this Saturday at the San Diego Sports Arena. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Hawaii time.

All three players played with the University of Hawaii from 1998 to 2001. Jackson was a two-time, second team All-WAC performer at defensive back (2000 and 2001). Known as one of the hardest hitters on the team, he completed his career with 318 tackles and played in the 2001 Hula Bowl. In 2002, he signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans but was released prior to the start of the season.

In October 2002, Jackson was admitted to the hospital with a viral infection that required heart valve replacement. An outpouring of support followed as numerous fundraisers were held in his honor. He was released from the hospital five weeks later.

In December 2003, Jackson signed an af2 contract and was assigned to the Islanders. He was placed on League Exempt status when he re-signed with the Titans in January. Jackson was then assigned to NFL Europe’s Scottish Claymores where he was competing for a position. Following training camp, the Claymores released him and he resumed his training with the Islanders.

Stutzmann completed his UH career as the third leading receiver with 177 receptions for 2,025 yards and 18 touchdowns. He still owns the UH single-game reception record of 12 set against San Jose State on Oct. 28, 2000. (160 yards)

Correia started all 12 games his senior season and finished with 38 total tackles (26 solos and 12 assists). He also recorded five tackles for loss as well as two sacks. Despite a knee injury in his junior season, he is one of the hardest working players as he was named UH’s most inspirational player following his sophomore season.

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