IFL Announces ALL-IFL Teams For 2021 Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Wide receivers Thomas Owens and Dello Davis, along with defensive back Dillion Winfrey, were unanimous choices as 1st-Team All-IFL selections as announced by the Indoor Football League on Friday. Additionally, record-breaking Duke City Gladiators quarterback Nate Davis edged out Arizona’s Drew Powell for the coveted 1st Team spot at the quarterback position.

In all, 35 different players were selected to the 1st and 2nd All-IFL teams for the 2021 season. The voting was compiled from representatives from each IFL team to recognize the IFL’s best players from the 2021 regular season.

The Arizona Rattlers and Massachusetts Pirates, the first and second-seeded teams in the 2021 IFL Playoffs, had the most players represented with nine players each on the All-IFL teams, followed by the Frisco Fighters and Duke City Gladiators which each had four players on the All-IFL teams.

Nine rookies earned All-IFL honors, including three on the 1st Team. Of the 36 All-IFL spots, 19 were occupied by players from first-year IFL teams. Additionally, one player – Sioux Falls Storm running back Nate Chavious – earned 1st Team All-IFL honors at two positions, running back and kick returner.

The complete list of All-IFL honorees is as follows:

FIRST TEAM ALL-IFL

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK – NATE DAVIS, DUKE CITY GLADIATORS

Davis led the league in passing, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,901 yards and an IFL record 79 touchdowns. He also had 33 rushes for 191 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. Davis earned four Offensive Player of the Week honors throughout the season.

RUNNING BACK – NATE CHAVIOUS, SIOUX FALLS STORM

In 13 games Chavious rushed 120 times for 547 yards, which ranked third in the IFL and first among running backs, and found the endzone 19 times on the ground. Chavious ended the season ranked third in yards per game (42.1) and sixth in yards per carry (4.6).

WIDE RECEIVER – DELLO DAVIS, DUKE CITY GLADIATORS

Davis ended the regular season leading all wideouts in nearly every statistical category. Davis finished with 75 receptions (1st) for 975 yards (1st) and 31 touchdowns (1st). He also led the IFL in yards per game (69.9) and in receptions per game (5.4).

WIDE RECEIVER – THOMAS OWENS, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Owens finished the regular season as one of the best in the IFL. Owens had 66 receptions (2nd) for 911 yards (2nd), 22 touchdowns (2nd), averaging 13.8 yards per catch (4th), 4.7 receptions per game (3rd), and 65.1 receiving yards per game (2nd). Owens earned two Offensive Players of the Week this season.

WIDE RECEIVER – JARROD HARRINGTON, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Harrington was a consistent target for the Rattlers this season where he finished among the league leaders with 52 receptions (5th) for 620 yards (6th) and 11 touchdowns (9th). Harrington also contributed to the Rattlers running game as he ran 20 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns.

OFFENSIVE LINE – JAHAIR JONES, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Jones led a Rattlers offensive line that finished as the best rushing team in the IFL with 1,649 yards and 63 touchdowns. A rookie, Jones also helped the Arizona offensive line keep their quarterback upright, as the team finished with the second-fewest number of sacks allowed on the season.

CENTER – JORDAN MCCRAY, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Leading the line of one of the more pass-happy teams, McCray helped secure the pocket for the Pirates, only allowing 13 sacks on the season which ranked sixth in the league. The team also finished seventh in yards per carry (3.9) and eighth in rushing touchdowns (31).

OFFENSIVE LINE – MAEA TEUHEMA, FRISCO FIGHTERS

Teuhema contributed to paving the way for the Fighters rushing attack that finished fifth in the league in rushing attempts (261) and touchdowns (37) during his rookie season. Frisco also ended the season fourth in rushing yards per game (79.9) and sixth in yards per carry (4.0).

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE – CHARLES WILLIAMS, FRISCO FIGHTERS

Williams ended his 2021 campaign leading the league in total sacks with 11 and tackles for loss with 17.0. He averaged 1.42 tackles for loss per game (1st) and nearly averaged a sack per game (0.92). Williams led the Fighters’ defensive line that finished first in sacks allowed (25).

DEFENSIVE LINE – RODERICK JOHNSON, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Johnson was one of the league’s premier run stuffers and finished second in the IFL with three forced fumbles. He also finished the season with 8 tackles for loss with five solo and three total sacks.

DEFENSIVE LINE – NIKOLAS D’AVANZO, ARIZONA RATTLERS

D’Avanzo finished second in the IFL in total sacks with seven and in tackles for loss with 14. He averaged 1.08 tackles for loss per game and just over half a sack per contest with 0.54.

LINEBACKER – TONY JONES, IOWA BARNSTORMERS

Jones ended his rookie season ranked fourth in the league in tackles per game (7.2), racking up 81 total tackles (10th). He also had nine tackles for loss (7th), 3.5 sacks (8th), one forced fumble and recovered two.

LINEBACKER/DEFENSIVE BACK – TREY WAFFORD, SIOUX FALLS STORM

Finishing third in the league in tackles, Wafford averaged 7.6 tackles per game and ended the season with 91 total tackles. He led all defensive backs in tackles for loss with 10.5 total and came away with four interceptions.

DEFENSIVE BACK – DILLION WINFREY, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Winfrey wrapped up his season as the league’s leader in interceptions with 11 and averaged 0.79 picks per game. He was incredibly efficient in his last three games of the regular season, recording seven of his 11 interceptions in those games. Along with that, Winfrey led the league in pass breakups with 20 total. Winfrey took home Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this year.

DEFENSIVE BACK – HARLAN MILLER, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Miller finished the season tied for second in interceptions with five picks. He also finished fifth with 14 passes defended, seventh with nine passes broken up, and seventh with two forced fumbles.

DEFENSIVE BACK – MIKE GREEN, SPOKANE SHOCK

Green led the league in tackles with 101 and averaged 8.4 tackles per game. Additionally, Green had eight pass breakups, grabbed one interception and recovered two fumbles.

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKER – SAWYER PETRE, SPOKANE SHOCK

Petre led all kickers in field goals made this season, knocking in 15 out of his 26 attempts. Petre made 57.7 percent of his field goal tries and averaged 1.3 field goals a game. Petre received Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice this year.

KICK RETURNER – NATE CHAVIOUS, SIOUX FALLS STORM

Chavious led the league in kickoff returns with 58 attempts and yards per return with 21.4. He racked up a total of 1,239 return yards and took three back for touchdowns. His longest return recorded was 58 yards. Chavious earned Special Teams Player of the Week once this year.

SECOND TEAM ALL-IFL

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK – DREW POWELL, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Leading his team to the best record in the IFL, Powell also led the league in rushing. He ran for 902 total yards for an average of 64.4 yards per game for 6.6 yards per carry while adding 35 rushing touchdowns. Powell completed 69.4 percent of his passes (1st) for 1,745 yards (4th) and 30 passing touchdowns. Powell earned two Offensive Player of the Week nods throughout the year.

RUNNING BACK – DEMARCUS FELTON, FRISCO FIGHTERS

Ranked second in the IFL in rushing among running backs, Felton finished the regular season with 128 rushing attempts in his rookie season for 507 yards (4th) for an average of 39.0 yards per game (5th) and 22 total rushing touchdowns (20).

WIDE RECEIVER – XAVIER AMEY, DUKE CITY GLADIATORS

Amey finished his season with 51 total receptions (6th) for 772 receiving yards (3rd) and 20 touchdowns (3rd). He ended the regular season third in the league in yards per game with 69.6 and second in yards per reception with 15.1.

WIDE RECEIVER – RYAN BALENTINE, TUCSON SUGAR SKULLS

Balentine finished fourth in the league in total receptions with 54 and total yards with 658. He averaged 48.9 yards per game (6th) on 3.9 receptions per game (6th). Balentine was named Offensive Player of the Week once this season.

WIDE RECEIVER – JARED ELMORE, DUKE CITY GLADIATORS

Elmore ended the year third in total receptions (59), fifth in total receiving yards (626), and fourth in touchdowns (17). He averaged 4.2 receptions per game (4th) and 44.7 yards per game (7th).

OFFENSIVE LINE – LAMAR MADY, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Mady helped lead the offensive line of the Rattlers which finished as the best rushing team in the IFL with 1,649 yards and 63 touchdowns. The Arizona offensive line protected the quarterback as the team finished with the second-fewest number of sacks on the season.

CENTER – STEVEN GURROLA, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Gurrola held down the middle of the offensive line for the Rattlers who finished as the best rushing team in the IFL with 1,649 yards and 63 touchdowns. The Arizona offensive line protected the quarterback as the team finished with the second-fewest number of sacks on the season.

OFFENSIVE LINE – JARED THOMAS, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Thomas helped lead one of the hottest teams in the league down the stretch. The Pirates offensive line allowed just 13 sacks on the season, which ranks sixth in the league. As a rookie he also helped lead an offense that finished seventh in yards per carry (3.9) and eighth in rushing touchdowns (31).

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE – JOHN GRIGGS, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Griggs was a reliable piece for the Pirates defensive line. He finished the season with 6.5 tackles for loss, 30 total tackles and finished with 2.5 sacks.

DEFENSIVE LINE – DAJON EMORY, GREEN BAY BLIZZARD

Emory ended his rookie season third in total tackles for loss (11.5) and tied for sixth in the league for sacks (4). He also finished tied for second in the IFL for forced fumbles with two.

DEFENSIVE LINE – MALCOM GOINES, FRISCO FIGHTERS

In just 11 games, Goines finished the season with 23 total tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss (15th), while also racking up five sacks (5th). Goines also had a blocked kick to seal a win in week 12 against Iowa.

LINEBACKER – MARTRELL SPAIGHT, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

This season in eight games Spaight made 27 solo tackles and assisted on 23 more for a total of 50 tackles. He added 9.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks and also broke up five passes, had a quarterback hurry, blocked two kicks, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in a 63-57 overtime win against the Spokane Shock on the road.

LINEBACKER/ DEFENSIVE BACK – CHUCKY WILLIAMS, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Williams led the IFL in fumbles recovered with three on the season, along with chalking up 49 total tackles (19th). Williams also contributed to the pass defense breaking up six passes and coming away with one interception.

DEFENSIVE BACK – MOMODOU MBYE, GREEN BAY BLIZZARD

MbYE finished the season tied for second in the league in interceptions, coming away five total during his rookie campaign. He also racked up a total of 83 tackles (6th) and averaged 5.9 tackles per game (7th) while breaking up four passes during the season.

DEFENSIVE BACK – TYRELL PEARSON, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Pearson ended his season with 18 total pass breakups (3rd) and came away with three interceptions (8th). He also tallied 45 total tackles on the season for an average of 3.5 tackles per game and forced two fumbles.

DEFENSIVE BACK – ZURIL HENDRICK, BISMARCK BUCKS

Hendrick broke up 19 passes (2nd) during his rookie season and picked off the three passes (8th). He also finished with 55 total tackles for an average of 4.6 tackles per game.

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKER – ERNESTO LACAYO, ARIZONA RATTLERS

Lacayo hit 85-of-93 total PATs on the season and knocked in six of his ten field goal attempts to lead the league in field goal percentage (60.0%). Lacayo earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors once during the season.

KICK RETURNER – LAQUVIONTE GONZALEZ, MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES

Gonzalez finished second in the league in kick returns with 45 total returns for 957 yards and three touchdowns during his rookie campaign. He averaged 21.3 yards per return (2nd) and had the second-longest return during the season (57). Gonzalez was named Special Teams Players of the Week twice in 2021.

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