Former Yard Dawg, A.J. Haglund, named AFL Kicker of the Year
Tuesday July 1, 2008
NEW YORK – The Arena Football League announced today former Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz kicker, A.J. Haglund (5-8, 175, Central Oklahoma), was named the 2008 Kicker of the Year as voted by AFL head coaches, players, fans, and the AFL Writers Association.
Haglund, who earned All-Arena First Team honors last week, led all kickers in scoring (179 points) while connecting on 21-of-25 (84.0 percent) field goal attempts and converting 116-of-124 extra-point attempts. He also registered 26 touchbacks and recorded 16.0 tackles for the San Jose SaberCats.
After signing with the SaberCats in 2007, Haglund was named to the AFL’s All-Rookie Team. During the 16 regular season games of the 2007 season, he also broke the AFL single-season extra point record with 128-of-138 PATs.
While with the Yard Dawgz, Haglund was named New Balance Kicker of the Year in 2006. That year, he led all kickers in scoring with 146 points, a total that ranks third all-time for points by a kicker in a season. He also made 10 field goals, with five coming from 30 yards or longer. After missing a second quarter extra point in Week 6, Haglund connected on 69 straight extra points a streak that lasted 10 weeks until a third quarter extra point was blocked in Week 16. Haglund also had the best season for point after accuracy in af2 history, converting on 93.5 percent (116-of-124) of his point after attempts. The former Central Oklahoma Broncho also excelled on kickoffs, recording 23 touchbacks in 2006.
“We are very proud of A.J.’s accomplishments and knew that he would have great success within the AFL,” commented Yard Dawgz General Manager Christie Cook.
Cleveland Gladiators kicker, Jason Ball, was also considered for the award. Ball was with the Yard Dawgz in 2005 where he made 5-of-12 field goals and 38-of-46 in point after attempts.