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Baltimore's Smith Named Defensive Lineman of the Year

Friday August 18, 2017

 A disruptive force all season long, the sixth-year veteran Smith finishes the year with 9.0 sacks

LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced that Baltimore Brigade lineman Khreem Smith has been named 2017 AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. Smith becomes the first-ever honoree to win this award on the first-year of an expansion team.

Smith (6’4”, 265, Oklahoma State) appeared in 13 games for the Brigade in 2017 and corralled 20 tackles (18/4) during the regular season. A disruptive force against opposing teams, Smith finished 3rd in the league with 9.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and tied for 7th with two forced fumbles on the year.
 

AFL DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
 
YEAR
 
PLAYER
 
TEAM
 
2017
 
Khreem Smith
 
Baltimore
 
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
 

 

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