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Record-breaking 2012

Andy Lopusnak
Wednesday July 25, 2012


The 25th AFL season saw numerous records broken thanks largely to the second year of the 18-game schedule. However, there were not as many records broken in 2012 as there were last season. Nonetheless, there were some major records shattered this season with Tommy Grady leading the way with at least eleven new single-season records.
 
Grady became the first player in AFL history to shatter the league single-season passing marks for attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. His season averages in passing yards and passing TDs were the best in league history. This means that in any combination of regular season games, be it a season with 8, 10, 12, 14 or even 16 games that Grady would've had the most yards and TDs. In addition, Grady tied the league mark for most passing TDs in a game and broken the record for most completions in a game.
 
Sadly, there's more records than the ones listed below, but because the league has never kept track of certain records, such as tackles for loss (and many others), it's uncertain if other records were broken this season. Also, the 2010 records program the league used was pretty much useless thus the league stopped tracking other records because that program was just so terrible.
 
In my over two decades watching, covering and working for teams in this league, I've yet to see this league ever put out a complete list of every record broken in a given season. This is my fourth year providing this information on ArenaFan. I always thought something like this should be included in the Record & Fact Book recapping the previous season, but that also has never happened.
 
Speaking of things I'd like to see... It would be awesome if the league (any league for that matter) would update the all-time single-game, single-season and career records (individual and team) on a weekly basis (and do more than just the top three like the AFL). It's not difficult at all and would help the teams, media and fans keep track of history as it happens. I did it every week when I was the PR director in Tampa Bay, San Diego and Grand Rapids for my respective teams, and it helped immensely (plus, all the records were updated and done for the media guide the next season saving me many hours of research to ensure everything was correct). 
 
With the forfeited game by Cleveland, the league says it will not count the game towards records (though the league's official stats has that game listed here with numerous new all-time lows of zero for pretty much everything). I'm not counting that game or this list would be monstrous. 
 
Anyway, here's a detailed look at all of the new AFL single-season individual and team records.
 

INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-SEASON AFL RECORDS SET IN 2012

CATEGORY

STAT

PLAYER, TEAM

Pass Attempts

743

Tommy Grady, Utah

Pass Completions

507

Tommy Grady, Utah

Pass Yards

5,870

Tommy Grady, Utah

Pass Yards Per Game

326.1

Tommy Grady, Utah

Pass Touchdowns

142

Tommy Grady, Utah

Pass TD Per Game

7.89

Tommy Grady, Utah

Total Offensive Yards

6,065

Tommy Grady, Utah

Total Offensive TDs

149

Tommy Grady, Utah

Total Offensive TD Per Game

8.28

Tommy Grady, Utah

Total Offensive Plays

781

Tommy Grady, Utah

Most 10+ Pass TD Games

3

Tommy Grady, Utah

Most 400+ Pass Yard Games

3

Mark Grieb, San Jose

Most 300+ Pass Yard Games

12

Nick Davila, Arizona

Times Sacked

50

J.J. Raterink, Iowa

Times Intercepted (tied)

25

Gino Guidugli, Milwaukee

Rushing Yards

645

Derrick Ross, Philadelphia

Most 80+ Rush Yards Games

3

Derrick Ross, Philadelphia

Sacks

16.0

Joe Sykes, San Jose

Sacks by a Rookie (tied)

13.0

Scooter Berry, Jacksonville

PAT Made

138

Kenny Spencer, Spokane

Blocked Kicks

7

Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia

Interceptions Returned for TD (tied)

4

Kelvin Morris, Chicago

Kickoff Returns

111

P.J. Berry, Pittsburgh

Combined Kick Returns

112

P.J. Berry, Pittsburgh

 
TEAM SINGLE-SEASON AFL RECORDS SET IN 2012
CATEGORY
STAT
TEAM
Points Scored
1,228
Philadelphia
Points Per Game
68.2
Philadelphia
Touchdowns Scored
177
Philadelphia
1-point PATs Made
155
Philadelphia
1-point PATs attempted
173
Philadelphia
2-point PATs Made (tied)
11
San Jose
First Downs Allowed
408
Spokane
Passing First Downs
332
Utah
Passing First Downs Allowed (tied)
297
Spokane
Rushing First Downs
78
Philadelphia
Total Offensive Yards
6,085
San Jose
Total Offensive Yards Allowed
5,989
Spokane
Total Offensive Touchdowns
160
Philadelphia
Passing Yards
5,758
San Jose, Utah
Passing Yards Allowed
5,550
Spokane
Pass Attempted
753
Utah
Pass Completions
510
Utah
Pass Completions Allowed
454
Spokane
Passing Touchdowns
137
Utah
Total Takeaways
64
Philadelphia
Fumbles Recovered (defense)
30
Philadelphia
Fewest FGs attempted
1
Philadelphia
Fewest FGs Made (tied)
0
Philadelphia, Utah
Sacks By
42
San Jose
Sacks Allowed
55
Iowa
Times Penalized
194
Utah
 
Since there were some significant single-game records broken in 2012, here's a look at those. As for team single-game records, the AFL is even worse at keeping these records. I think there are more set this year, but sadly cannot confirm since the league's Record & Fact Book doesn't list that many single-game team records (especially on defense). For the team single-game, I didn't list the date or opponent because I wanted to keep it all on one line.
 
INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-GAME AFL RECORDS SET IN 2012
CATEGORY
STAT
PLAYER, TEAM
Pass TD
12
Tommy Grady, Utah
 
12
Kyle Rowley, Spokane
Total TD Responsible
12
Tommy Grady, Utah
 
12
Kyle Rowley, Spokane
Pass Completions
46
Tommy Grady, Utah
Times Sacked
10
J.J. Raterink, Iowa
Longest Pass TD (tied)
49
Aaron Garcia, San Antonio
 
49
R.J. Archer, Georgia
Rush Attempts
21
Derrick Ross, Philadelphia
1-pt PATs Attempted (Tied)
13
Connor Hughes, Philadelphia
 
13
Kenny Spencer, Spokane
Longest Reception (tied)
49
C.J. Johnson, Georgia
 
49
Jomo Wilson, San Antonio
Longest Kickoff Return (tied)
58
Six times
INT Returns for TD (tied)
2
Kelvin Morris, Chicago
 
2
Joe Goosby, Philadelphia
 
TEAM SINGLE-GAME AFL RECORDS SET IN 2012
CATEGORY
STAT
TEAM
Sacks
10
Utah
Sacks Allowed
10
Iowa
Passing TD (tied)
12
Utah
 
12
Spokane
Pass TD Allowed (tied)
12
Cleveland
 
12
San Jose
Total TD (tied)
13
Spokane
 
13
Philadelphia
Total TD Allowed (tied)
13
San Jose
 
13
Georgia
Completions
46
Utah
Completions Allowed
46
Kansas City
Passes Intercepted (tied)
6
Spokane
Interceptions by Defense (tied)
6
Arizona
2-point PAT attempts
8
San Jose
Combined Penalty Yds (both teams)
260
TB (177), CLE (83)
Players Used in a game
26
Orlando
Players used in a game (both teams)
51
ORL (26), PIT (25)
Fewest 1-point PAT Attempted (tied)
0
Pittsburgh
Fewest 1-point PAT Made (tied)
0
Orlando
 
0
Pittsburgh
Fewest Combined 1-point PAT Made
0
ORL (0), PIT (0)
Fewest Combined 1-point PAT Attempted
1
ORL (1), PIT (0)
 
For those that care, he's a look at the individual and team single-season records that were broken in the AFL's first season with 18 games (2011) from one of my articles last season. As you can see, there were many more records broken in 2011 since it was the first year of the 18-game schedule.
 
INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-SEASON AFL RECORDS SET IN 2011
CATEGORY
STAT
PLAYER, TEAM
Passing Yards
5,312
Mark Grieb, SJ
Passing TDs (tied)
117
Nick Davila, AZ
Passes Intercepted
25
Mark Grieb, SJ
Passes Intercepted by Rookie
23
Brad Banks, IOWA
Receiving TDs by a Rookie
49
Reggie Gray, CHI
Rushing Attempts
167
Derrick Ross, DAL
Rushing Yards
622
Derrick Ross, DAL
Rushing Attempts by a Rookie
167
Derrick Ross, DAL
Rushing Yards by a Rookie
622
Derrick Ross, DAL
Rushing TDs by a Rookie
39
Derrick Ross, DAL
Highest Avg. per Rush
10.1
Bobby Reid, TUL
Interceptions
16
Rayshaun Kizer, ORL
Interception Return Yards
237
Rayshaun Kizer, ORL
Interceptions by a Rookie
15
Vic Hall, CHI
INT Return Yards by a Rookie
222
Vic Hall, CHI
Pass Breakups
49
Michaeux Robinson, JAX
Passes Defensed
60
Michaeux Robinson, JAX
Kicks Blocked (tied)
6
Anthony Hoke, CLE
All-Purpose Yards
3,703
P.J. Berry, NO
Kickoff Returns
100
P.J. Berry, NO
 
TEAM SINGLE-SEASON AFL RECORDS SET IN 2011
CATEGORY
STAT
TEAM
Games Won
16
Arizona
Consec Games Won (same season)
13
Jacksonville
Points Scored
1,158
Jacksonville
Touchdowns Scored
166
Jacksonville
Points Allowed
1,117
Utah
Touchdowns Allowed
159
Iowa
1-point PATs attempted
155
Jacksonville
First Downs
427
San Jose
First Downs Allowed
391
Utah
Passing First Downs
328
Utah
Passing First Downs Allowed
297
Pittsburgh
Rushing First Downs
75
Dallas
Total Offensive Yards
5,799
San Jose
Total Offensive Yards Allowed
5,767
San Jose
Total Offensive Plays
882
Tulsa
Total Defensive Plays
885
Jacksonville
Passing Yards
5,418
San Jose
Passing Yards Allowed
5,406
Jacksonville
Pass Attempted
734
Utah
Pass Attempts Allowed
763
Jacksonville
Pass Completions
481
Utah
Pass Completions Allowed
445
Pittsburgh
Passing Touchdowns
142
Utah
Passing Touchdowns Allowed
119
San Jose
Interceptions Thrown
36
Iowa
Passes Intercepted
42
Chicago
Interception Return Yards
546
Chicago
Interceptions Returned for TDs
10
Milwaukee
Total Takeaways
54
Arizona
Total Giveaways
54
Iowa
Turnover Differential
+34
Arizona
Fumbles Lost
29
Pittsburgh
Rushing Attempts
213
Dallas
Rushing Attempts Allowed
174
Spokane
Rushing Yards
860
Tulsa
Rushing Yards Allowed
589
Spokane
Rushing Touchdowns Allowed
41
New Orleans
Fewest FGs attempted
3
Utah
Sacks By
40
Tampa Bay
Sacks Allowed
46
Iowa
Kickoff Returns
131
Iowa
Kickoff Return Yards
2,519
Utah
 
 

 


 
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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