Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Week 12 IFL Players of the Week Announced

The Indoor Football League announced the Week 12 Players of the Week.
Offensive Players of the Week: Dante Warren (QB, Tri-Cities Fever)
For the first time this season, a member of the Tri-Cities Fever has earned Player of the Week honors. After beginning the season 1-5, Coach Adam Shackelford inserted Dante Warren (6'0, 200, South Dakota) as his starting quarterback. Since then, Warren has lead the Fever to a 2-1 record, including a 70-68 victory over the Cedar Rapids Titans on Saturday night. Warren passed for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns while adding 75 rushing yards and 4 scores on the ground. Warren has thrown 15 touchdown passes vs. only 2 interceptions and he currently ranks 4th in the IFL with a 103.1 Quarterback Rating (minimum 60 pass attempts). Additionally, Warren ranks 7th in rushing yards (334) and tied for 5th with 10 rushing touchdowns. After earning back-to-back wins for the first time all season, the future looks bright for Warren and the Fever. Tri-Cities will look to keep their late season playoff push rolling when they take on the Wyoming Cavalry this weekend.
Defensive Player of the Week: Tyler Knight (LB, Sioux Falls Storm)
Tyler Knight (6'0, 225, Mississippi Valley State) takes home Defensive Player of the Week for the 2nd time in 2013 (Week 1). In another extremely competitive game, the Storm avenged their early season loss to the Nebraska Danger with a 43-41 victory. Knight was all over the field, registering 16 tackles and 3 pass defenses. For the game, the Storm defensive unit forced 2 turnovers, scored a safety, and held the potent Danger offense scoreless in the 4th quarter. Knight is 2nd in the IFL in tackles this season, tallying 100 through 9 games. Next up for the Storm is a difficult road matchup against the Cedar Rapids Titans, who are 4-1 at home this season.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Philip Welch (K, Colorado Ice)
It did not take long for Philip Welch to make an impression in the IFL. Welch (6'3, 185, Wisconsin), playing in his first ever IFL game (signed by the Ice on Wednesday May 1st), is the Special Teams Player of the Week. Welch played a major role in Colorado's 51-41 victory over the Wyoming Cavalry. Wyoming's defense held Colorado to 4-11 third down conversions, and as a result, the Ice were forced to settle for field goal attempts throughout the night. Welch stepped up to the challenge, converting 5 of 7 attempts (distances of 52, 26, 40, 18, and 47) in addition to going 4-4 on PAT's for a total of 19 points. The Ice take their 6-3 record into a bye this week. They will return to action in Week 14 vs. the Fever.

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