Mudge, Metz Named AFL Linemen of the Year

August 17, 2016 - Arena Football League (AFL) News Release

LAS VEGAS - 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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