All-Arena Teams Announced
Arena Bowl XXIX Combatants lead the way
Nineteen players earned 2016 First and Second Team All-Arena Offensive honors, the AFL Office announced tonight on CBS Sports Network.
Headlining the First Team Offense was Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila, who garnered his fifth career All-Arena selection after leading the AFL’s top scoring offense and leading the League with 110 touchdown passes. Teammate Mykel Benson earned his first All-Arena honor at the fullback spot after tying for the AFL lead with 20 rushing touchdowns.
Philadelphia Soul’s Adam Smith makes his second consecutive appearance on the First Team offensive line. Smith is joined up front by first-time selections for Jacksonville’s Cornelius Lewis, and a tie for First Team center between Arizona’s Jordan Mudge and Cleveland’s Joe Madsen.
Jacksonville Sharks’ Joe Hills, who led the AFL in receptions (161), receiving yards (2,020) and receiving touchdowns (58), earned his third All-Arena selection of his career and second time on the First Team (2013, Tampa Bay). Arizona Rattlers’ Rod Windsor, who earned his sixth All-Arena honor, finished with 145 catches for 1,667 yards and 48 touchdowns. Orlando Predators’ Brandon Thompkins, who earns his second honor and his first time as a First-Team selection, finished with 135 receptions for 1,631 yards and 38 touchdowns.
Philadelphia’s kicker Tommy Frevert makes it a repeat performance as he was named First Team for the second straight season. Frevert converted 118-of-129 extra point attempts, 2-of-2 on field goals and scored 124 points.
2016 ALL-ARENA OFFENSE
|FIRST TEAM||SECOND TEAM|
|QB||Nick Davila||Arizona||QB||Dan Raudabaugh||Philadelphia|
|FB||Mykel Benson||Arizona||FB||Jeramie Richardson||Philadelphia|
|OL||Adam Smith||Philadelphia||OL||Neal Tivis||Philadelphia|
|OL||Cornelius Lewis||Jacksonville||OL||DJ Brandel||Cleveland|
|C (tie)||Jordan Mudge||Arizona||C||Wayne Tribue||Philadelphia|
|C (tie)||Joe Madsen||Cleveland||WR||Donovan Morgan||Los Angeles|
|WR||Joe Hills||Jacksonville||WR||T.T. Toliver||Tampa Bay|
|WR||Rod Windsor||Arizona||WR||Collin Taylor||Cleveland|
|WR||Brandon Thompkins||Orlando||K||Mark Lewis||Orlando|
Nine more players earned Second Team All-Arena honors, including: Philadelphia Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, fullback Jeramie Richardson, offensive lineman Neal Tivis and center Wayne Tribue; Cleveland Gladiators offensive lineman DJ Brandel and wide receiver Collin Taylor; Los Angeles KISS wide receiver Donovan Morgan; Tampa Bay Storm wide receiver T.T. Toliver; and Orlando Predators kicker Mark Lewis.
Eighteen players earned 2016 First and Second Team All-Arena Defensive honors, the AFL Office announced tonight on CBS Sports Network.
Headlining the First Team Defense was Philadelphia Soul defensive lineman Jake Metz, who garnered his first All-Arena selection after leading the AFL in sacks with 8.0, while teammate defensive back Tracey Belton also earned his first selection and led the League with nine interceptions. Jack linebacker Joe Goosby earned his first All-Arena honor to round out the Soul’s three first team selections. Goosby had 70.0 total tackles, a half sack, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Arizona Rattlers defensive lineman Damien Borel and Mac linebacker Tyre Glasper earned First Team honors. Borel finished the season No. 2 in sacks with 6.5 and added 21.5 total tackles and two fumble recoveries. Glasper tallied 24.5 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks. Cleveland Gladiators’ Randy Colling earned First Team with 19.5 total tackles and 4.5 sacks from the nose guard spot.
Jacksonville Sharks defensive back Greg Reid, Orlando Predators defensive back Varmah Sonie and kick return specialist Brandon Thompkins round out the First Team. Reid, who earned 2015 Rookie of the Year honors, finished 2016 with 101.5 total tackles, eight interceptions, 35 passes defended, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Sonie, who earned All-Arena in 2014, finished the season with 97.0 total tackles, six interceptions, 22 passes defended, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Thompkins, who also earned First Team wide receiver, had 93 returns for an AFL-high 1,823 yards and five touchdowns.
2016 ALL-ARENA DEFENSE
|FIRST TEAM||SECOND TEAM|
|DL||Jake Metz||Philadelphia||DL||Teddy Jennings||Philadelphia|
|DL||Damien Borel||Arizona||DL||Daryl Cato-Bishop||Orlando|
|NG||Randy Colling||Cleveland||NG||Dimetrio Tyson||Arizona|
|MLB||Tyre Glasper||Arizona||MLB||Dexter Jackson||Jacksonville|
|JLB||Joe Goosby||Philadelphia||JLB||Terence Moore||Orlando|
|DB||Tracy Belton||Philadelphia||DB||Dwayne Hollis||Philadelphia|
|DB||Greg Reid||Jacksonville||DB||Marvin Ross||Cleveland|
|DB||Varmah Sonie||Orlando||DB||Fredrick Obi||Los Angeles|
|KR||Brandon Thompkins||Orlando||KR||Larry Beavers||Cleveland|
Nine more players earned Second Team All-Arena honors, including: Philadelphia Soul defensive lineman Teddy Jennings and defensive back Dwayne Hollis; Orlando Predators defensive lineman Daryl Cato-Bishop and Jack linebacker Terence Moore; Cleveland Gladiators defensive back Marvin Ross and kick return specialist Larry Beavers; Arizona Rattlers defensive lineman Dimetrio Tyson; Los Angeles KISS defensive back Fredrick Obi; and Jacksonville Sharks Mac linebacker Dexter Jackson.