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Top league performers earn All-af2 status

Wednesday August 5, 2009

CHICAGOThe South Division Champion Tennessee Valley Vipers and Southwest Division Champion Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings each landed a league-best eight players on the All-af2 First and Second Teams, the league office announced today. Overall, players from 19 of the league’s 25 teams were selected to either the American or National Conference All-af2 First and Second Teams as voted on by af2 head coaches and media.
 
WR JEREMY GRIER and JLB TRAVIS BLANCHARD were named to the First Team for Tennessee Valley, while QB KEVIN EAKIN, C LORENZO BRELAND, OL GERMAYLE FRANKLIN, DL ERIC SCOTT, MLB TYRELL ELSTON and DB DESMOND FOSTER were named to the Second Team. The Vipers finished their year 11-5 and were seeded No. 3 in the postseason, but were upset in the first round by No. 6 seed Green Bay. Bossier-Shreveport’s eight honorees include FB JASON SCHULE, OL MOQUT RUFFINS and DB ROLAND COLA on the First Team and WR BUCHIE IBEH, DL JOE WOOLRIDGE, MLB MARVIN BYRDSONG, K ART CARMODY and ST P.J. BERRY on the Second Team.
 
The Tulsa Talons (Central Division Champions) had the second most overall selections with seven while the Green Bay Blizzard, Spokane Shock (West Division Champions) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (East Division Champions) had the largest number of First Team members with four each.
 
Oklahoma City WR/DB AL HUNT has been one of the league’s most consistent all-around players since his career began in 2003. He has earned six All-af2 selections in seven seasons, the most of any current league athlete. He earned First Team accolades in 2004 and 2007 while earning All-af2 Second Team recognition in 2003 (Tulsa), 2005, 2006 and 2009. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton QB RYAN VENA earned his third straight All-af2 First Team honor and fourth First Team nod overall (2003). Vena leads a cast of four players who have earned three consecutive First Team accolades (FB JASON SCHULE, DL BEN MCCOMBS, K NICK GATTO).
 
Following is the complete list of the 2009 American and National Conference All-af2 First and Second Teams:
 
Position
First Team
Second Team
QB
Ryan Vena – W-B/Scranton
Kevin Eakin – Tennessee Valley
FB
Kirby Griffin – W-B/Scranton
Brandon Isaiah – Florida
WR
Jesse Schmidt – Quad City
Emery Sammons – Manchester
WR
Nate Forse – Green Bay
Alvance Robinson – South Georgia
WR
Jeremy Grier – Tennessee Valley
Tim Dodge – Iowa
C
Rico Ochoa – South Georgia
Lorenzo Breland – Tennessee Valley
OL
Mike Dansby – Iowa
Germayle Franklin – Tennessee Valley
OL
Aqua Etefia – Green Bay
Chad Walker – Peoria  
DL
Royce Morgan – W-B/Scranton
Justin Parrish – W-B/Scranton
DL
Zarnell Fitch – Green Bay
Eric Scott – Tennessee Valley
DL
Michael Lewis – Peoria
Anthony Hoke – Green Bay
MLB
Tyrus Jackson – Quad City
Tyrell Elston – Tennessee Valley
JLB
Travis Blanchard – Tennessee Valley
Alvin Ray Jackson – Albany
DB
Tracy Belton – Green Bay
William Mulder – Kentucky
DB
Micheaux Robinson – W-B/Scranton
Tanner Varner – Iowa
DB
Brandon Isaac – Manchester  
Desmond Foster – Tennessee Valley
K
Jeff Glas – Iowa
Davis Davis – W-B/Scranton
ST
Brian Albrooks – Peoria
Tim Dodge – Iowa
 
 
Position
First Team
Second Team
QB
Nick Davila – Spokane  
Justin Allgood – Tulsa
FB
Jason Schule – Bossier-Shreveport
Freddie Rollins – Oklahoma City
WR
Rod Windsor – Rio Grande Valley
Rod Harper – Arkansas
WR
Jeff Hughley – Tulsa
Al Hunt – Oklahoma City
WR
Raul Vijil – Spokane
Buchie Ibeh – Bossier-Shreveport
C
Kyle Young – Spokane
Brett Rayl – Tulsa
OL
Anthony Bolden – Tulsa
Ryan Belcher – Spokane
OL
Moqut Ruffins – Bossier-Shreveport
Kelly Butler – Oklahoma City
DL
Ben McCombs – Spokane
Jerry Turner – Arkansas
DL
Quinton Staton – Rio Grande Valley
Terrance Carter – Tulsa
DL
Alex Guerrero – Boise
Joe Woolridge – Bossier-Shreveport
MLB
Valentine Chude – Rio Grande Valley
Marvin Byrdsong – Bossier-Shreveport
JLB
Jamar Ransom – Tulsa
Levi Madarieta – Boise
DB
Fred Shaw – Oklahoma City
Sergio Gilliam – Spokane
DB
Roland Cola – Bossier-Shreveport
Delenell Reid – Tulsa
DB
Terrance Sanders – Boise
James Todd – Arkansas
K
Nick Gatto – Corpus Christi
Art Carmody – Bossier-Shreveport
ST
Terrance Sanders – Boise
P.J. Berry – Bossier-Shreveport
 
Remaining 2009 af2 Award Announcements:
All-Ironman Team – Thursday, Aug. 6
SFC Kicker of the Year – Friday, Aug. 7 
Gridiron Enterprises International Player of the Year – Saturday, Aug. 8   
Russell Athletic Lineman of the Year – Monday, Aug. 10
Spalding Rookie of the Year – Tuesday, Aug. 11 
SFC Asst. Coach & Sportexe Head Coach of the Year – Wednesday, Aug. 12 
The Big Game Playmaker of the Year – Thursday, Aug. 13
Aaron’s Defensive Player of the Year – Friday, Aug. 14
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Year – Tuesday, Aug. 18
JLS Ironman of the Year – Wednesday, Aug. 19