The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Week 5 Vidswap.com Players of the Week. A pair of Sioux Falls Storm players as well as a member of the Chicago Slaughter, takes home honors for their performances in Week 5.
Offensive Player of the Week: Dwight Dasher (QB, Sioux Falls Storm)
After suffering the franchise's first loss in nearly two years, the Storm were itching to get back on the field after the bye in Week 4. In their first home game since the 2012 United Bowl Championship, the Storm got back to their winning ways with a 67-7 victory over the Wyoming Cavalry. With starting QB Martevious Young out with an injury, the Storm turned to Dwight Dasher (5'11, 220, Middle Tennessee State). Dasher had a record setting day for the Storm completing 14 of 22 passes for 164 yards and 4 touchdowns, adding 138 rushing yards on 16 attempts and 2 touchdowns. The 138 rushing yards set an IFL record for a quarterback in a regular season game and is the 5th highest total overall for any player. Coming up in Week 6, Dasher and the Storm travel to Colorado to take on the Ice in what has the potential to be the game of the week.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ameer Ismail (LB, Chicago Slaughter)
The reigning IFL Defensive Player of the Year has picked up right where he left off last season. Ismail (6'2, 240, Western Michigan), the IFL record holder for tackles in a season (162), is on pace to surpass that number this season with 48 tackles through 4 games. In a 51-26 victory over the Texas Revolution, Ismail registered 17 tackles (11 solo, 6 assisted), 1 for loss, and an interception that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown. After a 0-2 start the Slaughter have won back-to-back games to pull to .500. Next up for Chicago is the second of four matchups with conference rival Green Bay. The Slaughter got the best of the Blizzard, 50-41, in Week 3.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Cory Johnsen (DL, Sioux Falls Storm)Cory Johnsen (6'0, 315, Saint Cloud State) pulled off the trifecta on Sunday. With the Wyoming Cavalry lined up for a long FG attempt in the 2nd quarter, the Storm's defensive tackle blocked the attempt, recovered the loose ball, and scored the special teams touchdown for Sioux Falls. The IFL veteran has been a main stay on the Storm's defensive line as well. Against Wyoming he tallied 2 tackles (.5 for loss) and recovered a fumble, anchoring a defensive unit that yielded only 15 rushing yards in the game. When teams as evenly matched as the Storm and Colorado Ice meet this weekend, special teams could very well be the determining factor in the outcome of the game.