Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Week 1 IFL Players Of The Week Announced

The Indoor Football League announced the Week 1 Players of the Week. A pair of Sioux Falls Storm players as well as a Cedar Rapids Titan, take home honors for their performances during Kickoff Classic weekend.
Offensive Player of the Week: Martevious Young (QB, Sioux Falls Storm)
Young (6'2, 190, Southern Mississippi) turned in an impressive performance in his Storm debut. In a 64-41 victory over the Green Bay Blizzard, Young completed 11 of 20 passes for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns. Perhaps more impressive was his 101 rushing yards on 18 carries, including a rushing score. It is clear to see that the Storm have adopted a game plan that features Young's many athletic talents. Could we be witnessing the emergence of the IFL's version of Colin Kaepernick? Time will tell, but Storm fans have to be excited about the bright future of Martevious Young.
Defensive Player of the Week: Tyler Knight (LB, Sioux Falls Storm)
The Storm sweep both Offensive and Defensive awards this week as Tyler Knight (6'0, 225, Mississippi Valley State) takes home Defensive honors. Knight made his presence known on Friday night, tallying 13 tackles (11 solo, 2 assisted) and 1 sack. The Storm held the league's leading rushing offense in 2012 (104 yards per game) to only 37 rushing yards. After a year off, the Storm are happy to have their man in the middle back in 2013.
Special Teams Player of the Week: T.J. Simmons (KR, Cedar Rapids Titans)
The Titans started their 2013 campaign with a 41-31 victory over the Chicago Slaughter Saturday night. T.J. Simmons (5'8, 180, University of South Dakota) gave the home town something to cheer about with a dazzling 47 yard kickoff return touchdown during the 3rd quarter of a highly contested game. The touchdown put the Titans up 21-14 and they never relinquished the lead. Simmons finished with 2 returns for 71 yards while contributing on defense as well, tallying 6 tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted).

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