TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign IFL standout Artis (LB)

2022 IFL championship MVP on his way to Edmonton

Artis in action with the Northern Arizona Wranglers \ Phot Courtesy: Northern Arizona Wranglers
Artis in action with the Northern Arizona Wranglers \ Phot Courtesy: Northern Arizona Wranglers

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks announced Monday the signing of American linebacker JaQuan Artis.

Artis is coming off a standout 2022 campaign in the Indoor Football League, where he led the Northern Arizona Wranglers to their first title and was voted MVP of the IFL National Championship.

A native of Kinston, N.C., Artis was selected as the IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and named to both the IFL All-Rookie Team and All-IFL First Team, after tying for the league lead with 9.5 sacks and ranking second with 17.5 tackles for loss. He also registered 40 tackles, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and three forced fumbles in 13 regular season games.

Collegiately, Artis played four seasons of NCAA Division II football at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. He was the South Atlantic Conference sack leader as a senior in 2019, when he was voted SAC Defensive Player of the Year and named a Division II Second Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Including playoffs, he recorded 14.5 sacks, 82 total tackles, and 23 tackles for loss in 14 games as a senior.

The Elks also announced that American wide receiver Nih-Jer Jackson has been released. Jackson appeared in two games for the Green and Gold last season.




  • Nih-Jer Jackson | AMER | WR | 6'3 | 190 LBS | 1996-07-16 | Stockton, CA | Southeastern Louisiana
Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), Edmonton Elks Football Club



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The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. 

The club has a tradition of excellence with 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015) and 52 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.


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