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Breaking it Down – Conf. Championships/AB 23 Preview

Andy Lopusnak
Wednesday August 18, 2010


Entering 2010, the greatest AFL franchise was Tampa Bay with its league-record five championships and the last af2 champion was Spokane (arguably the greatest af2 franchise). This week is the ArenaBowl and these two-storied franchises will met for the very first time in a clash of new versus old. The way each got here as well as all the history of the league’s greatest game – the ArenaBowl – will be broken down like nowhere else.

 
On Monday, the Sports Business Journal reported that NAPA Auto Parts became the title partner of ArenaBowl XXIII and that the deal included six 30-second commercials on NFL Network as well as dasherboards, other signage at the Spokane Arena and mentions throughout the game for an undisclosed amount (SBJ reported that it was in the low six figures). Though the league has yet to put out a press release about this as of Wednesday (the new ArenaBowl logo is up on the website though).
 
This is doubly good news as 1). the league gets an infusion of cash (maybe the league can now get StatCrew back for 2011) and 2). that the league's pathetic excuse for a championship logo was thankfully changed to an almost acceptable but familiar one. It now looks quite similar to the logo the league used in ArenaBowl XVIII utilizing a ribbon, a football shape and a radiant beams expanding out from the football. Sadly, the NAPA logo is larger than the AFL logo (which is in black & white on a full color logo). The league's last ArenaBowl (in 2008) also had a title partner (Virgin Atlantic), but the corporate logo didn't dominate the logo as this one does.
 
Now on with the show...

AFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
SPOKANE 60, Milwaukee 57
TAMPA BAY 63, Orlando 62

 
 
 
 
 
SPOKANE 60, MILWAUKEE 57
The Iron's AFL record-breaking offense didn't take the field until almost nine minutes into the game after two Spokane TDs and a kickoff return for a score by Milwaukee WR Antoine Burns. On the first play from scrimmage for the Iron, QB Chris Greisen was sacked and the Shock got a safety on the play (for the regular season, Greisen was sacked just once). This set the tone for the game, as Spokane scored after the safety to take a 23-7 lead entering the second quarter. Milwaukee mustered just a field goal on its next drive and was down 39-23 at the half.
 
Milwaukee scored two quick TDs in the first eight minutes of the third quarter (thanks to a Kyle Rowley fumble), but Spokane answered every Iron score the rest of the way. Aside from the fumble, Rowley had an outstanding game. He completed 75.7% of his passes for 334 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
 
TAMPA BAY 63, ORLANDO 62
In one of the most entertaining playoff games in league history, Orlando overcame two 21-point deficits in the second half to take a lead with a minute to go after Predators WR T.T. Toliver caught the sixth of his record-breaking seven touchdowns off the nets after a desperation throw by QB Nick Hill. After a failed Orlando onside kick, the Storm scored quickly and got the two-point conversion to go up by seven with 49 ticks left. Tampa Bay failed to recover its onside kick and Orlando scored but couldn't tie the game when kicker Carlos Martinez missed the extra point.
 
After the Storm got the ensuing onside kick, Tampa Bay whittled the clock down to seven seconds and gave the Preds the ball back at the Orlando five (instead of going for the field goal and risking a lengthy return by the nifty Josh Bush). After a quick play, Orlando attempted a would-be game-winning 49-yard field goal that was down the center but came up short.
 
This game featured two recovered onside kicks (one for each team), a turnover on downs by each team on its first possessions, three receptions by Storm lineman Thomas Kaleita, Orlando DB Kenny McEntyre breaking a tie for the league career playoff record in interceptions (he now has 13). Now the all-time series in the league's greatest rivalry is tied at 23 wins for each side, but Tampa Bay still has the edge in total points by seven.
 
CLOSEST SEMIFINALS GAMES IN LEAGUE HISTORY
The combined margin of victory in the Conference Championships is the closest in any same season semifinals in league history. Tampa Bay has been involved in four of the top five sets of closest semifinals in the same season and won its four contests by a combined 12 points. In the previous three of these occurrences, the Storm went on to win the ArenaBowl.

YEAR
COMBINED MARGIN
SEMIFINAL GAMES
2010
4 points
Tampa Bay won by 1
Spokane won by 3
1993
7 points
Tampa Bay won by 3
Detroit won by 4
1995
8 points
Tampa Bay won by 1
Iowa won by 7
2005
8 points
Georgia won by 2
Colorado won by six in OT
1996
14 points
Tampa Bay won by 7
Orlando won by 7

 
TOLIVER TOPS PLAYOFF RECORD
Orlando WR T.T. Toliver set a playoff record with seven receiving scores and 42 total points scored. The previous record for receiving TDs, total TDs and total points was shared by former Orlando WR/DB Barry Wagner (1995) and former Tampa Bay OS James Bowden (2000). Both had six touchdowns and 38 total points (six TD, one 2-point conversion). In addition, Orlando QB Nick Hill's nine passing scores tie an AFL playoff record (this was also tied in the divisional round by Milwaukee's Chris Greisen).
 
MOST TD PASSES BY ARENABOWL STARTING QUARTERBACKS
This year's ArenaBowl starting quarterbacks have combined for more passing touchdowns in the regular season than any previous starting signal callers in ArenaBowl history. Prior to this year, San Jose's Mark Grieb was the only QB in league history to enter the ArenaBowl with at least 100 passing TDs. He tossed 100 scores in both 2007 (won) and 2008 (lost). Both 2010 starters reached the 100 mark this year.

YEAR
COMBINED TD
QUARTERBACKS
2010
206
Dietz, 106
Rowley, 100
2007
175
Grieb, 100
Nagy, 75
2008
172
Grieb, 100
D'Orazio, 72
2003
164
Bonner, 89
Kaleo, 75
2005
155
Dutton, 89
Nagy, 66

HOME SWEET HOME
After four neutral site ArenaBowls, the AFL returns to the home team with the best remaining record (Spokane). In those previous 18 ArenaBowls, the home team was 9-9. The last time an ArenaBowl was played at a home venue, San Jose beat home-standing Arizona 69-62. The five previous home-venue ArenaBowls were all won by the home team. In the league's first twelve seasons, the home team won the ArenaBowl just four times (all 12 times the home team was the #1 overall seed like Spokane is this year).
 
EIGHT IS GREAT
Tampa Bay Storm head coach Tim Marcum is going for his league-record eighth ArenaBowl championship this week. This is Marcum's eleventh appearance in the ArenaBowl (losing twice to a Jay Gruden quarterbacked Tampa Bay team and once to a Gruden coached Orlando team - all of which were home games) and first since 2003 when the Storm won its fifth league title. Marcum has never lost an ArenaBowl on the road and has done so with three different teams (Denver in 1987, Detroit in 1988 & 1992 and Tampa Bay in 1996).
 
GOING TO THE OTHER HAND
Tampa Bay has won an AFL record five ArenaBowl titles, going 5-1 in the title game with a 3-0 record on the road (two wins at Detroit and one at Iowa). This is the first ArenaBowl appearance for the Storm since 2003 when it beat Arizona 43-29. In the five Storm wins, the team has had some close ones over the years with a six-point win in 1991 and a four-pointer against Iowa in 1996 (the Iowa QB and now NFL Network broadcaster Kurt Warner had four shots near the goal line to win the game but the Storm defense stopped him). This is the Storm's seventh ArenaBowl appearance, which ties Orlando for the most in league history.
 
Not included in these numbers are the four years prior to the team coming to Tampa Bay when it was the Pittsburgh Gladiators (only one player and no coaches from 1990 Glads team were involved with the 1991 Storm). Pittsburgh made it to two of the first three ArenaBowls losing both times to Tim Marcum-coached teams (Denver in 1987 and Detroit in 1989). 
 
TEAMS IN FIRST ARENABOWL APPEARANCE
Spokane is the 18th different team to make it to the ArenaBowl (this assumes that the Storm/Gladiators and Kats/Force franchises are considered separate teams - if not then 16th). Those teams in their first ArenaBowl appearance are a combined 9-8. Most recently in 2008, Philadelphia won in its lone ArenaBowl appearance. Since the Storm's last ArenaBowl appearance three of the five ArenaBowls were won by teams making it to the title game for the first time (Colorado, 2005; Chicago, 2006; and Philadelphia, 2008).
 
FIRST MEETING IN THE ARENABOWL
This marks the second time in league history that two teams will met for the first time in the ArenaBowl. The first was in 1996 when the Tampa Bay Storm and Iowa Barnstormers met in ArenaBowl X, which was played at Iowa and won by the Storm.
 
This year, Spokane played five of the six teams that came from the 2008 AFL - all except Tampa Bay. The Storm played five of the seven af2 teams - didn't play Iowa or Spokane.
 
NUMBER ONE OVERALL SEED IN THE ARENABOWL
Spokane reached the ArenaBowl with the best regular season record. In the AFL’s previous 22 seasons, the team with the best regular season record won the ArenaBowl just seven times. Most recently, the Philadelphia Soul won it all in 2008 after posting the best record in the league. The top seed didn’t win the title game in the previous five years (2003-07) prior to the Soul's 2008 win.
 
In the AFL’s first 12 years, the top seed advanced to the ArenaBowl all 12 years, but had just four wins. In the next ten seasons, the top seed won three while advancing to the ArenaBowl five of ten possible years.
 
This is the first time since 2004 that the team with the best record left entering the ArenaBowl will get to host the game. Of the 18 times this occurred, the top seed hosted 14 games, but won just five times. This doesn’t bode well for Spokane in its own history. The Shock’s two ArenaCup wins were at neutral sites, while the only time it hosted the af2’s title game it lost (in 2008 Spokane lost 56-55 in overtime).
 
HALL OF FAMERS FROM DIFFERENT PATHS ON THE SIDELINE
Both teams in this week’s ArenaBowl will have “Arena Football” Hall of Famers calling the offensive plays. Tim Marcum, the AFL’s most successful coach and first to be inducted in the AFL Hall of Fame, calls the plays for the Storm. I won't go into more on Marcum as there's plenty you've already read.
 
For Spokane, Matt Sauk is the offensive coordinator and was in the first (and only) class of inductees of the af2 Hall of Fame in 2009. Sauk was the 2001 af2 Rookie of the Year, 2005 af2 Offensive Player of the Year and set then af2 single-season records for passing yards, passing TDs, completions and passing attempts in 2005. He was one of just two QBs inducted into the af2 Hall of Fame, joining Craig Strickland – the af2’s all-time leader in all passing categories.
 
SHOCKING CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE
Spokane might be in its first ArenaBowl, but this will be the fourth “Arena Football” title game that the Shock has played in its six-year history if the team's af2 experience is included. The Shock won two ArenaCup titles in the af2 (2006 and 2009) and lost another (in 2008). Looking back at these previous three af2 title games, some current Shock players had significant ArenaCup performances.
 
Shock starting QB Kyle Rowley was named the 2006 ArenaCup Offensive Player of the Game after completing 29-of-36 for 264 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. In the same game, current Shock head coach Rob Keefe was selected for the Catch of the Game for a five-yard interception. Spokane beat the Green Bay Blizzard 57-34 in the contest. This included a 34-point second quarter by the Shock – Spokane was an expansion team this season and finished with a 17-2 overall record.
 
In 2008, the Shock lost the ArenaCup 56-55 in overtime to the Tennessee Valley (now Alabama) Vipers. Spokane was led by Nick Davila (now the QB with Arizona), who passed for 437 yards, eight TDs and an interception. In a back and forth contest, the Shock tied the game with 1:17 left and both teams missed field goals in the final 24 seconds of regulation to force overtime. Spokane scored first in overtime and then Tennessee Valley did so four plays later. Instead of going for the tie and forcing sudden death, the Vipers went for the win and QB Tony Colston ran in the game-winning two-point play. Spokane WR Raul Vijil had 324 all-purpose yards and four TDs.
 
Last year in the final af2 season, the Shock (19-1) destroyed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 74-27 in ArenaCup X. Vijil was named the game’s Ironman despite not having any defensive stats (he had eleven catches for 108 yards with three TDs along with two returns for 39 yards). In the game, Pioneers QB Ryan Vena tossed four picks, two of which were returned for touchdowns and lost two fumbles on the three times he was sacked (he tossed an AFL single-season record 22 INTs this year with Iowa).
 
FULL HOUSE, BUT SMALLEST CROWD?
With Spokane hosting the ArenaBowl this Friday in what is expected to be a sellout crowd. However, if the Shock matches its largest ever crowd (announced 10,775 sellout for the 2010 Week 17 game against Chicago); it will be the smallest crowd ever to witness an ArenaBowl.
 
If Spokane does get the lowest attended ArenaBowl, the 5:00 P.M. local time kickoff on a Friday is no excuse as the team's highest attended game was also on a Friday at the same time. In a weird twist, the Shock holds the af2 record for highest attendance in an ArenaCup and might have the record for the lowest attended ArenaBowl (despite the game likely being a sellout).
 
FIRST FRIDAY AFL TITLE GAME IN 15 YEARS
This marks just the fourth Friday night ArenaBowl in the game's 23-year history. Storm head coach Tim Marcum has coached teams in all three previous Friday night ArenaBowls games, winning all three. The last one was in 1995 when Tampa Bay beat Orlando in the highest attended title game in league history (25,087). The other Friday games were in 1989 and 1994 - both won by the Detroit Drive.
 
ON THIS DAY IN ARENABOWL HISTORY: AUGUST 20
This marks the second ArenaBowl to be played on August 20. The other one was in 2000 when the Orlando Predators beat the Nashville Kats 41-38 on a 19-yard field goal by Predators kicker David Cool as time expired. That game featured two safeties by the Orlando defense, including one to start the game. Orlando jumped out to a 15-0 lead and led by as much as 20 before the Kats scored 21 straight to take its only lead of the game. Cool added a 38-yard FG to regain the lead and scored TD but missed the PAT. Midway through the fourth Nashville tied the game at 38-38 before Orlando used the final 6:26 to set up Cool's game winner.
 
IF HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
Here's some interesting situationals from the first 22 ArenaBowls. The record of the winning team is this in the ArenaBowl if....

SITUATIONAL
RECORD OF WINNER
NOTE
Scores First
16-6
 
Leading after 1st Qtr
12-4
There were four ABs ties
Leading at Halftime
21-0
ArenaBowl X was tied at 28
Leading after 3rd Qtr
22-0
 

OTHER ARENABOWL NOTES
The first points scored in an ArenaBowl have been done five different ways: fumble return (1), safety (2), field goal (five), receiving TD (six) and rushing TD (seven). In this pass-happy league, it took eight ArenaBowls to get the first points via the air when Ben Bennett connected with Alex Shell on a five-yard strike in ArenaBowl VIII.
 
Twice has a team been shutout for the first three quarters (both obviously lost). The Pittsburgh Gladiators were held scoreless for the first 48:43 of ArenaBowl I and Arizona was shutout for the first 50:36 of ArenaBowl XVI.
 
NO BROADCAST TV FOR ARENABOWL
Though NFL Network has done a nice job of covering the league this season, this week's ArenaBowl will mark the first time since 1997 that the game will not be seen on broadcast television. The ArenaBowl was broadcast on ABC from 1998-2002 and from 2007-08. It was also on NBC from 2003-06. This ends a streak of eleven straight ArenaBowls on broadcast television. The game's first eleven telecasts were on cable television (ESPN from 1987-88 and 1992-97; and on Prime Network from 1988-91). Therefore, NFL Network will be the fifth network to carry the ArenaBowl.
 
The Storm has appeared on all five networks (1-0 on Prime; 3-0 on ESPN; 1-0 on NBC and 0-1 on ABC) for ArenaBowls. Tampa Bay lost the first ever ArenaBowl played on broadcast TV (on ABC in 1998) and won the first to be broadcast on NBC (in 2003). The Storm also won the last ArenaBowl to be played on Prime Network (1991).
 
WARNER & HERRON ADD AFL EXPERIENCE TO BROADCAST
For the first time in ArenaBowl history there will be former AFL players involved in the announce team. Kurt Warner will be the analyst in the booth, while Anthony Herron will be a sideline reporter. In 2008, former Buffalo Destroyers head coach Ray Bentley served as the analyst for ArenaBowl XXII.
 
WARNER IN THE ARENABOWL
NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner played in back-to-back ArenaBowls as the starting QB for the Iowa Barnstormers (1996 & 1997), losing to the Storm in ArenaBowl X and to Arizona a year later. In both seasons, Warner entered the game as a First Team All-Arena performer. After he left the Barnstormers, Iowa won just one playoff game before the team moved to New York and became the Dragons in 2001 (the team failed to make the playoffs a year after Warner left).
 
Against the Storm, he tossed 316 yards and four scores, but was picked off three times; including one that ArenaBowl X MVP Stevie Thomas returned nine yards for a touchdown (just 23 seconds after he caught a 35-yard TD). Warner had four opportunities to win the game for Iowa near the Storm goal line but his last three passes either were broken up or fell incomplete.
 
A year later in his last AFL game before eventually going on to NFL glory, Warner returned the Barnstormers to the ArenaBowl, but this time the it wasn't close as the Rattlers won by 22. Warner had 325 passing yards and three scores, but had two interceptions (one returned 30 yards for a TD by ArenaBowl XI Ironman Hunkie Cooper).
 
Looking at Warner’s ArenaBowl and Super Bowl appearances, he holds the record for career 300-yard games in both title games (two in the ArenaBowl; three in the Super Bowl). Warner was the first AFL player to pass for 300 yards in an ArenaBowl (316 in 1996) and his 325 a year later was the record until 1999 – it stands as the fourth most today.
 
Including Warner's three Super Bowl appearances, he passed for over 300 yards in all five professional football championship games he played. He still holds the ArenaBowl records for most completions (31) and pass attempts (51); both were set in ArenaBowl XI against Arizona (1997).
 
Be sure to check back during the AFL offseason for my definative guide to why Warner will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer (without his AFL or NFL Europa numbers). Take note Peter King and the other 43 elite folks that vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 
WARNER REPLACES TRENT GREEN AGAIN
On Monday, it was announced that Warner will be joining analyst for select games during the NFL on FOX broadcasts. He will be teamed with either Chris Myers or Chris Rose. In a weird twist of fate, Warner will replace Trent Green in the NFL once again. Last NFL season, Green was with Myers in the broadcast booth but is not on the announcer pairings that FOX released.
 
KEEFE GOES FOR ANOTHER RING IN DIFFERENT WAY
Spokane head coach Rob Keefe is going for a trifecta in championship rings as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. In 2008, he won an ArenaBowl as a reserve defensive back for the Philadelphia Soul (he also won an ArenaCup as a DB with Spokane in 2006). Last year, he was the Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coach for Spokane when the Shock won the final ArenaCup. This season, in his first as a head coach, the Shock finished with the league's best regular season record and host the ArenaBowl this week.
 
I was going through my shots from ArenaBowl XXII and here's the best one I found of Keefe from that game. Look at the bottom left. He's #22.
 
COACH INTERFERENCE?
At 7:33 left in the fourth quarter in the Iron-Shock game, Milwaukee pulled within three and opted for a two-point conversion. Iron WR Damian Harrell nabbed the ball high but lost control of it when he hit the wall. However, Milwaukee challenged the play saying that a fan interfered with the ball. There was no interference and the Iron lost a timeout.
 
However, looking at the replay it wasn't a fan that reached his hand out swiping at the ball and player; it was Spokane head coach Rob Keefe. In my mind, there's little question that Keefe is the league's Coach of the Year, but doing this is classless and unacceptable. Though he didn't actually touch the ball or the player, he clearly reached his hands out, in front of a ref no less, and swiped to breakup the catch.
 
My hope is that in the offseason, the league looks at this and rules that anytime a player, coach or team staff member reaches into the field of play to interfere, regardless if there's interference or not, that that the team is flagged for interference and the individual is fined. This is unacceptable behavior that should not be tolerated.
 
Speaking of rule changes that directly involve Keefe, the league needs to make it illegal for any player or coach standing on the boards during game play. This game is supposed to be fan friendly and having someone standup in front of you is by far not fan friendly. Former Nashville Kats head coach Pat Sperduto did this all the time (click here to take a look) and the league should've done something about that back then.
 
MORE af2 LEFTOVERS
In 2008, I was shooting San Jose SaberCats for Getty Images and when I saw this year's American Conference championship trophy; I knew it wasn't the same one that the SaberCats took home in 2008. After a quick search when getting home, I found that the 2010 American Conference championship trophy was the not the same as in 2008, but was in fact the one the af2 used in 2009 for its conference champions. Take a look for yourself (click on the links below).
 
 
As the self-proclaimed historian of this game, I don't mind incorporating an af2 trophy (I actually think it would be a good thing), but just wish the league used the old ArenaCup trophy instead. This would be a great homage to that league that was a training ground for many coaches, players and administrators (plus there's seven former af2 teams currently members of the AFL). Click here to see a photo of last year's ArenaCup trophy. I personally prefer the look of the first ArenaCup trophy, but since it wasn't a cup I can see why the league changed it - still it looks very nice with the bronze football helmet (click here to view). Either one would be fine.
 
TICK-TOCK
It amazes me how the final minute of the first half is misunderstood and how seemingly not many know the best way to work the clock in Arena Football. Take for example the Milwaukee Iron this week. Down 36-17 with one-minute to go in the first half, Milwaukee had the ball Spokane 14 (and the Iron was going to get the ball to start the second half). The Iron gained nine yards, then the Shock called its second timeout with 54.3 seconds left.
 
There's two schools of thought in what the Iron should do at this point: 1) milk the clock and make the Shock waste its last timeout, leaving only enough time that only your team can score; 2). score quickly and attempt an onside kick to either get the ball or make it so the Shock score fast and get the ball back to end the half.
 
Milwaukee scored on its next play with 50.7 left to cut the deficit to 13 but instead of going for the onside kick, Iron head coach Bob Landsee kicked deep and gave an offense that he couldn't stop yet an eternity in this game (50.7 seconds). Needless to say, Milwaukee didn't get the ball back and Spokane got three points, which by the way is what the final margin of victory was for the Shock.
 
Right before Spokane attempted a failed onside kick at the one-minute mark, Spokane head coach Rob Keefe told NFL Network that he was going to onside kick so he can score last in the half which means that even if Milwaukee did try the onside kick that the Shock would've milked the clock to score last anyway.
 
A good use of this situation at the end of a half is what Storm head coach Tim Marcum did Saturday night against Orlando. Tampa Bay scored at the one-minute mark to go up 28-21. Marcum immediately went for the onside kick and the Storm recovered and went down and scored 45 seconds later. Though there was enough time for Orlando to still attempt (but miss) a field goal, it just shows that the seven-time ArenaBowl winner knew what to do in this exact situation and is why he's in the ArenaBowl and Landsee is not. Tampa Bay then scored on its first drive of the second half that took a game that was 21-21 to 42-21 because Marcum worked the clock the way it should be done.
 
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP STATS LEADERS 

100-YARD RECEIVERS
PLAYER, TEAM
RECEIVING YARDS
RECEPTIONS
TOUCHDOWNS
T.T. Toliver, ORL
165
11
7
Huey Whittaker, SPK
165
14
4
DeAndrew Rubin, TB
116
10
2

 
300-YARD PASSER
PLAYER, TEAM
PASSING YARDS
PASS TDs
INTERCEPTIONS
Kyle Rowley, SPK
334
7
0
  
BREAKING IT DOWN MVP OF THE WEEK: T.T. Toliver, Orlando WR
In the 165 playoff games before Orlando's T.T. Toliver took the field, no one had ever scored seven touchdowns or had over 40 points scored. That changed Saturday night as he collected seven receiving touchdowns and 42 total points in a losing effort.

2010 BREAKING IT DOWN MVP OF THE WEEK
WK
PLAYER, TEAM
STAT NOTE
1
Chris Greisen, Milwaukee QB
83 comp. pct, 327 pass yds, 9 TD, 0 INT
2
PJ Berry, Bossier-Shreveport WR/KR
357 all-purpose yards, 201 rec yds, 7 total TD
3
Kyle Rowley, Spokane QB
75.7 comp. pct, 316 pass yards, 8 TD, 1 INT, 1 rush TD
4
Rod Windsor, Arizona WR
16 receptions, 230 rec. yards 6 rec TD, 2 rush TD
5
Tanner Varner, Iowa DB
15.0 tackles, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 TD
6
Tommy Grady, Oklahoma City QB
81 comp. pct, 430 pass yards, 10 TD, 1 INT
7
Ben Nelson, Cleveland WR
13 receptions, 202 yards, 6 TD
8
Nick Hill, Orlando QB
314 yards, 5 pass TD, 1 INT, 21 rushing yards, 3 rush TD
9
Caesar Rayford, Utah lineman
3 defensive TD (2 INT, 1 fumble), 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 FF
10
Rod Windsor, Arizona WR
16 rec, 162 yards, 3 rec TD, 2 rush TD, GW 2pt conv.
11
Tiger Jones, Milwaukee WR
11 rec. 138 yards, 5 TD
12
Nick Davila, Arizona QB
77 comp pct, 319 yards, 9 TD, 0 INT
13
Ryan Vena, Iowa QB
90.9% (20/22), 245 yards, 7 TD, 0 INT, 38 rush yds (1 TD)
14
Chris Greisen, Milwaukee QB
91.3% (21/23), 330 yards, 8 TD, 0 INT, 158.33 rating
15
Donovan Morgan, Tulsa WR
9 receptions, 180 receiving yards, 5 TD, 1 tackle
16
Gabe Nyenhuis, Tulsa DL
2 sacks, 2 FF, 1 fumble recovery
17
Damian Harrell, Milwaukee WR
11 catches for 156 yards and four TD
18
T.T. Toliver, Orlando WR
9 receptions for 123 yards and six TD
DIV RD
Bobby Sippio, Orlando WR
9 receptions for 113 yards and four TD (also 2 rush TD)
CONF.
T.T. Toliver, Orlando WR
11 receptions for 165 yards with seven TD (playoff record)


 
Andy Lopusnak is an 11-year AFL front office veteran, spending time with the Tampa Bay Storm, San Diego Riptide and Grand Rapids Rampage. He works as a statistician for NFL and college sports for CBS Sports and is a freelance photographer. Lopusnak received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of South Florida and has been a fan of ArenaBall since its inception.
The opinions expressed in the article above are only those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or official stance of ArenaFan Online or its staff, or the Arena Football League, or any AFL or af2 teams.
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