Fire Puts Five on All-af2 Teams
The Louisville Fire arena football team recently completed their third straight winning season and earned a playoff berth for the third year in a row. Five Fire players have now been honored by af2 coaches and media as American Conference All-af2 team members. Quarterback Brett Dietz, offensive specialist Rob Mager and wide receiver/linebacker Dennis Fryzel have all been named American Conference All-af2 first team. Offensive line specialist Will Rabatin and kicker Dave Hendrix were named to the second team.
Dietz, a Covington Catholic and Hanover College product, as a rookie led the Fire to a 9-7 regular season record and was in the top five of virtually every passing category all season. Dietz set and Arena Football record with 12 touchdown passes at Albany on June 17. Dietz also led af2 in pass efficiency with a rating of 126.74. Dietz finished the 2006 with a 71.2 completion percentage, 4,217 passing yards and 90 touchdown passes. Dietz also accumulated 11 rushing touchdowns.
Mager, a Seymour, IN native, tied the af2 record for touchdown receptions in a season with 54. Mager also led the Fire and the af2 in receptions (143), points (324), receiving yards (1,918) and receiving yards a game 119.8. Mager also had the second highest single game receiving total with 208 yards on April 21 against Birmingham.
Fryzel tallied a career high in receiving yards with 996 to go along with 105 receptions and 16 total touchdowns (14 receiving, 2 rushing). Defensively Fryzel totaled 32 tackles (21 U, 22A), three interception and five pass break ups at the linebacker position.
Rabatin, a University of Louisville and St. X product, anchored an offensive line that gave Dietz plenty of time to throw the ball and allowed just 12 sacks on the season. The offensive line specialist position was new to the af2 this season and Rabatin served as the center this season.
Hendrix finished the 2006 season third on the Fire in points with 102. Hendrix finished the season 6-12 on field goals and 102-127 on extra points. Hendrix was also a dangerous weapon with his onside kicks during the 2006 season.
Following is the complete list of the 2006 American and National Conference All-af2 First and Second Teams:
AMERICAN CONFERENCE ALL-af2
Position First Team Second Team
QB Brett Dietz - Louisville Chris Wallace - Florida
OS Rob Mager - Louisville Magic Benton - Florida
WR/LB Dennis Fryzel - Louisville Jack Walker - Quad City
WR/DB Tim Dodge - Quad City Luke Leverson - Green Bay
FB/LB Clenton Crossley - Florida Peter Lazare - Green Bay
OL/DL Jamarr Ward - Albany Comone Fisher - Florida
OL/DL Joseph Crear - Memphis Brett Huyser - Green Bay
OLS Raymond James - Florida Will Rabatin - Louisville
DLS Ed Wangler - Macon Farouk Adelekan - Tenn. Valley
DS Cory Bailey - Florida William Haith - Manchester
DS Bobby Keyes - Birmingham David Crocker - Green Bay
K Vinny Cirrincione - Albany Dave Hendrix - Louisville
ST Jim Jones - W-B/Scranton Chris McKinney - South Georgia
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ALL-af2
Position First Team Second Team
QB Scott Rislov - Central Valley Craig Strickland - Oklahoma City
OS Jarrail Jackson - Oklahoma City Atnas Maeko - Stockton
WR/LB Charles Frederick - Spokane Eric Mahanke - Bakersfield
WR/DB LaMonte Jones - Central Valley Al Hunt - Oklahoma City
FB/LB Steve Watson - Arkansas Vai Notoa - Central Valley
OL/DL Jerry Turner - Bakersfield Jerome Stevens - Spokane
OL/DL Kert Turner - Amarillo Clay Harrell - Everett
OLS Ed Ta'amu - Spokane Dwane Tauiliili - Central Valley
DLS C.J. McLain - Arkansas Barrett Allen - Oklahoma City
DS Alex Wallace - Bakersfield Phillip Geiggar - Boss.-Shreveport
DS Rob Keefe - Spokane Terrell Mingo - Amarillo
K A.J. Haglund - Oklahoma City Brian Hazelwood - Boss.-Shreveport
ST Kenyatte Morgan - Stockton Jarrail Jackson - Oklahoma City
Season tickets for the 2007 are on sale now starting at just $80. Tickets can be purchased by calling 368-0009 or visiting louisvillefirefootball.com.
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