AFL Press Release

LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2016) – The Arena Football League Office announces that Arizona Rattlers center Jordan Mudge has been named Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year and Philadelphia Soul defensive end Jake Metz has been named VidSwap Defensive Lineman of the Year.


Mudge (6-3, 305, Nevada) helped anchor a Rattler offensive line that allowed only eight sacks in 2016. The three-year AFL veteran and first-time First Team All-Arena selection started 14 games and saw action in 15 games this year in his first season in Arizona. This is Mudge’s first Offensive Lineman of the Year selection and the third time a member of the Rattlers has won the award.


Metz (6-6, 265, Shippensburg) enjoyed a very successful sophomore season in the AFL. In his second season with the Soul, Metz led the League in sacks with 8.0 and ranked No. 2 in tackles-for-loss with 7.0 while tacking on 29.5 total tackles in the 16 games he started this season while earning First Team All-Arena honors for the first time in his career. This is Metz’ first Defensive Lineman of the Year selection and the first time Soul player has won the award.


Offensive Lineman of the Year
2016 Jordan Mudge Arizona
2015 Shannon Breen Philadelphia
2014 Rich Ranglin San Jose
2013 Billey Eisenhardt Arizona
2012 Kyle Young Arizona
2011 Rich Ranglin Kansas City
Defensive Lineman of the Year
2016 Jake Metz Philadelphia
2015 Joe Sykes Jacksonville
2014 James Ruffin Spokane
2013 Joe Sykes San Antonio
2012 Joe Sykes San Jose
2011 Cliff Dukes Tampa Bay
2010 Gabe Nyenhuis Tulsa
2008 Colston Weatherington Dallas
2007 Greg White Orlando
2006 Colston Weatherington Dallas
2005 Silas Demary Los Angeles
2004 John Moyer Chicago
2003 Tom Briggs Dallas
2002 R-Kal Truluck Detroit
2001 James Baron Nashville
2000 Sam Hernandez San Jose
1999 Robert Stewart New Jersey
1998 James Baron Nashville
1997 Carlos Fowler Texas
1996 Kent Wells Tampa Bay
1991 John Corker Detroit


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