PJ Berry Named to All-Arena and All-Ironman Teams
AFL Announces All-Arena Defensive Teams
08/01/2012 5:39 PM
CHICAGO– Eighteen players earned 2012 First- and Second-Team All-Arena honors, the AFL Office announced today.
Headlining the First-Team All-Arena squad was San Jose SaberCats DL JOE SYKES, who set the single-season AFL record for sacks with 16 in 2012. Sykes is joined by Utah Blaze DL MIKE LEWIS. Lewis set the single-season franchise sack record with 12.5. San Antonio Talons DL VICTOR DEGRATE also earned First-Team All-Arena honors after recording a League-high six forced fumbles.
First-Team All-Arena linebacker honors went to Jacksonville Sharks MLB AARON ROBBINS and New Orleans VooDoo JLB ALVIN RAY JACKSON. Robbins tallied 8.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries from the Mac position for the South Division champs, while Jackson set the single-season AFL record for interceptions by a Jack linebacker with 14.
Philadelphia Soul DB KENT RICHARDSON, Iowa Barnstormers DB JASON SIMPSON and Spokane Shock DB TERRANCE SANDERS were selected First-Team All-Arena defensive backs. Richardson tied for the League-lead with 14 interceptions, while Simpson and Sanders both set single-season franchise records for picks with 10 and eight, respectively. Sanders was also named Second-Team All-Arena on special teams. Pittsburgh Power WR/KR PJ BERRY earned the First-Team All-Arena as a special teamer. Berry led the League with 3,340 all-purpose yards.
Nine more players earned Second-Team All-Arena honors, including: Jacksonville Sharks DL SCOOTER BERRY; Philadelphia Soul DL BRYAN ROBINSON; Milwaukee Mustangs DL LUIS VASQUEZ and JLB MARCUS EVERETT; San Jose SaberCats MLB FRANCIS MAKA; Arizona Rattlers DB ARKEITH BROWN; New Orleans VooDoo DB JEREMY KELLEM; and Georgia Force DB TRACY BELTON.
|First-Team All-Arena Defense||
Second-Team All-Arena Defense
|DL Joe Sykes, San Jose
DL Mike Lewis, Utah
DL Victor Degrate, San Antonio
MLB Aaron Robbins, Jacksonville
JLB Alvin Ray Jackson, New Orleans
DB Kent Richardson, Philadelphia
DB Jason Simpson, Iowa
DB Terrance Sanders, Spokane
ST PJ Berry, Pittsburgh
|DL Scooter Berry, Jacksonville
DL Bryan Robinson, Philadelphia
DL Luis Vasquez, Milwaukee
MLB Francis Maka, San Jose
JLB Marcus Everett, Milwaukee
DB Arkeith Brown, Arizona
DB Jeremy Kellem, New Orleans
DB Tracy Belton, Georgia
ST Terrance Sanders, Spokane
AFL Names Six to All-Ironman Team
07/31/2012 1:40 PM
CHICAGO – Six multi-position players have been named to the 2012 Arena Football League All-Ironman Team, the League office announced today.
Headlining the group for the second consecutive year is 2011 J. Lewis Small Ironman of the Year, Pittsburgh Power WR/KR PJ BERRY (6-0, 200, Virginia State). Berry broke his own single-season AFL record for kickoff returns, finishing the year with 111 and leading the AFL in all-purpose yards for the second straight year with 3,340. Berry played five different positions for the Power in 2012, including quarterback, receiver, kick returner, running back and defensive back, winning the J. Lewis Small Ironman of the Week award three weeks in a row.
Jacksonville Sharks WR/DB TERRANCE SMITH (6-2, 200, South Carolina State) was named to his first All-Ironman Team in his second season in the League. Smith played defensive back for the ArenaBowl XXIV champions in 2011, but transitioned to receiver and kick returner for the 2012 season. He set single-season franchise records for kickoff return yards (1,637), missed field goal return yards (52) and combined kick return yards (1,689) as a return man and tallied 1,158 yards and 29 touchdowns as a receiver. He also played defensive back for the final two games of the regular season.
Spokane Shock DB/KR TERRANCE SANDERS (5-10, 180, Eastern Illinois) earned his first All-Ironman nod in 2012 after setting single-season franchise records for interceptions (8), missed field goal return yards (80), kickoff return yards (1,595) and combined kick return yards (1,675) in just 14 games. Sanders also totaled 82.5 tackles in 12 games as a defensive back.
Earning his third consecutive All-Ironman Team selection, Philadelphia Soul WR/KR JEFF HUGHLEY (5-8, 175, Averett) set single-season franchise records for kickoff return and combined kick return yards (1,865) in his first year with the Soul. Hughley collected 77 passes for 1,001 yards and 19 touchdowns as a receiver and tallied 24.5 tackles on defense and special teams.
A throwback to the AFL’s original Ironman format, Milwaukee Mustangs WR/LB MARCUS EVERETT (6-1, 200, UCLA) rarely left the field in 2012. On the offensive side of the ball, Everett totaled 20 receptions for 225 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with two rushes for 22 yards and a score. Defensively, he returned nine interceptions for 131 yards and three touchdowns, the second-highest single-season total in AFL history. This is Everett’s first All-Ironman Team selection.
Kansas City Command rookie WR/KR JACKIE CHAMBERS (5-10, 190, Lane) rounds out the 2012 All-Ironman Team. In 12 games, Chambers returned 56 kicks for 1,163 yards and two touchdowns. Chambers was also a threat on offense, collecting 58 balls for 751 yards and seven scores, while rushing 11 times for 49 yards and five touchdowns. He also pitched in nine tackles on defense. This is Chambers’ first All-Ironman Team selection.
Utah’s Grady, Lesue Headline All-Arena Offense
08/02/2012 5:48 PM
CHICAGO– Record-setting Utah Blaze QB TOMMY GRADY has been selected First-Team All-Arena for the first time in his three-year AFL career, the AFL Office announced today.
Grady broke numerous League passing records in 2012, including most touchdowns in a season (142) and most passing yards in a season (5,870). His favorite target, WR AARON LESUE, also earned First-Team All-Arena honors. The recipient of roughly a third of Grady’s passing yardage this season, Lesue set single-season franchise records for points (340) and receiving touchdowns (56).
Philadelphia Soul FB DERRICK ROSS earned his second consecutive First-Team All-Arena honor after becoming the first player in AFL history to rush for 30 touchdowns or more in back-to-back seasons, as well as the first rusher to crack the 600-yard mark in two consecutive years.
Also awarded a second straight First-Team All-Arena nod was Iowa Barnstormers WR JESSE SCHMIDT, who became the first receiver in AFL history to record 150 receptions and 2,000 receiving yards in consecutive seasons. Arizona Rattlers WR MAURICE PURIFY also earned First-Team honors. Purify tied the single-season franchise record for points with 282 in 2012. The 2011 AFL Rookie of the Year was selected Second-Team All-Arena last season.
Two more Rattlers also earned First-Team All-Arena honors on the offensive line, as C KYLE YOUNG and rookie OL MICHAEL HUEY were selected to the squad. San Jose SaberCats OL RICH RANGLIN also earned First-Team recognition. Spokane Shock K KENNY SPENCER was named First-Team All-Arena kicker after setting the single-season AFL record for extra point conversions with 138 on the year.
Nine more players earned Second-Team All-Arena honors, including: Arizona Rattlers QB NICK DAVILA and FB ODIE ARMSTRONG; Chicago Rush WR REGGIE GRAY and C BILLY EISENHARDT; Philadelphia Soul WR TIGER JONES; Cleveland Gladiators WR DOMINICK GOODMAN; Tampa Bay Storm OL GEORGE BUSSEY; and San Jose SaberCats OL MANNY AKAH and K NICH PERTUIT.
First-Team All-Arena Offense
Second-Team All-Arena Offense
|QB Tommy Grady, Utah
FB Derrick Ross, Philadelphia
WR Jesse Schmidt, Iowa
WR Maurice Purify, Arizona
WR Aaron Lesue, Utah
C Kyle Young, Arizona
OL Rich Ranglin, San Jose
OL Michael Huey, Arizona
K Kenny Spencer, Spokane
|QB Nick Davila, Arizona
FB Odie Armstrong, Arizona
WR Reggie Gray, Chicago
WR Tiger Jones, Philadelphia
WR Dominick Goodman, Cleveland
C Billy Eisenhardt, Chicago
OL George Bussey, Tampa Bay
OL Manny Akah, San Jose
K Nich Pertuit, San Jose