Singfield is first Xplorer to sign in the AFL
SOUTHAVEN --- The first of what is expected to be several AFL promotions for 2005 ArenaCup Champion Memphis Xplorers was announced this week. 2005 af2 Defensive Player of the Year Dahnel Singfield signed a one year contract with the New York Dragons of the AFL. The Xplorers' defensive specialist moves up after playing two seasons in Memphis and the af2. The af2 is the developmental league of the AFL.
"I am happy that Dahnel signed with the New York Dragons," Xplorers Head Coach Danton Barto said. I know that Dahnel will do a great job up in New York. Dahnel has been a dominating player in af2 for the last two years."
The Dragons know that they are getting an impact player.
"The acquisition of Dahnel Singfield is significant because his style of play seems like a perfect fit for us," Dragons Head Coach Weylan Harding said. "He has the right attitude and he brings an impressive resume: af2 Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-af2 and winner of an ArenaCup. I fully expect that he will compete for a starting position with us."
This past season, Singfield's recorded a league-high 12 interceptions. He also led the league in passes defended with 62, 20 more than any other player in af2. He also recovered three fumbles and led the Memphis Xplorers in tackles with 73.0
The 6-0, 180 pound Singfield, who played collegiately at the University of Buffalo, was named to the 2005 All-af2 National Conference First Team. He earned Second Team honors in his rookie season of 2004. Singfield was also named ADT Defensive Player of the Game four times in 2005. At Buffalo, Singfield converted from wide receiver to defensive back in his senior season and had one interception.
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