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Mudge, Metz named AFL Linemen of the Year

Wednesday August 17, 2016

All-Arena First Team Selections Add Another Accolade to Resumes

LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2016) – The Arena Football League Office announces that Arizona Rattlers center Jordan Mudge has been named Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year and Philadelphia Soul defensive end Jake Metz has been named VidSwap Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Mudge (6-3, 305, Nevada) helped anchor a Rattler offensive line that allowed only eight sacks in 2016. The three-year AFL veteran and first-time First Team All-Arena selection started 14 games and saw action in 15 games this year in his first season in Arizona. This is Mudge’s first Offensive Lineman of the Year selection and the third time a member of the Rattlers has won the award.

Metz (6-6, 265, Shippensburg) enjoyed a very successful sophomore season in the AFL. In his second season with the Soul, Metz led the League in sacks with 8.0 and ranked No. 2 in tackles-for-loss with 7.0 while tacking on 29.5 total tackles in the 16 games he started this season while earning First Team All-Arena honors for the first time in his career. This is Metz’ first Defensive Lineman of the Year selection and the first time Soul player has won the award.

Offensive Lineman of the Year
2016
Jordan Mudge
Arizona
2015
Shannon Breen
Philadelphia
2014
Rich Ranglin
San Jose
2013
Billey Eisenhardt
Arizona
2012
Kyle Young
Arizona
2011
Rich Ranglin
Kansas City

 

 

 




 

Defensive Lineman of the Year
2016
Jake Metz
Philadelphia
2015
Joe Sykes
Jacksonville
2014
James Ruffin
Spokane
2013
Joe Sykes
San Antonio
2012
Joe Sykes
San Jose
2011
Cliff Dukes
Tampa Bay
2010
Gabe Nyenhuis
Tulsa
2008
Colston Weatherington
Dallas
2007
Greg White
Orlando
2006
Colston Weatherington
Dallas
2005
Silas Demary
Los Angeles
2004
John Moyer
Chicago
2003
Tom Briggs
Dallas
2002
R-Kal Truluck
Detroit
2001
James Baron
Nashville
2000
Sam Hernandez
San Jose
1999
Robert Stewart
New Jersey
1998
James Baron
Nashville
1997
Carlos Fowler
Texas
1996
Kent Wells
Tampa Bay
1991
John Corker
Detroit

 

 




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