Three Blizzard players named to All-af2 Team
Three members of the Green Bay Blizzard have been named to the 2005 All-af2 team. DS Ryan Bowers and OL/DL Joe Peters were named to the American Conference First Team, and WR/DB Brent Holmes was named to the Second Team as a Special Teams performer.
Bowers (6-1, 212 Presbyterian College) led the league in interceptions through week 16, and finished the season with 10, including 2 for touchdowns. Bowers' 102.5 tackles were good for third-most in the league, and he also added an additional 10 pass breakups over the course of the season. He was honored as ADT Defensive Player of the Week by the af2 league office for his 2 INT, 8.5 tackle performance in Green Bay's 65-49 trouncing of the then-first place Louisville Fire on May 14.
Peters (6-4, 275 Concordia-St. Paul), a versatile two-way player, was the anchor of an offensive line that gave up only 11 sacks all year, the second-best tally in the league. On defense, Peters did it all, recording three sacks, four passes broken up, one interception and one blocked kick. In the playoff game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, Peters also added 2 tackles, including one for loss, while pressuring Pioneers QB Bryan Snyder and narrowly missing bringing him down for a sack.
Holmes (5-11, 165 Texas A&M-Kingsville), who was named to the All-af2 Second Team behind WR/LB Jeff Higgins of the Albany Conquest, finished the season with 1,805 All-purpose yards, which include rushing, receiving, kick return and missed field goal return yards. He returned 7 missed field goals, and his 173 yards were the second-highest total in the league. Holmes led the Blizzard in numerous offensive categories as well, including receiving yards (857) and touchdowns (14), despite only playing in 13 of the 16 regular season games. In the playoff game against the Pioneers, Holmes was named Offensive Player of the Game, running up an amazing 265 All-purpose yards. He pulled in 8 receptions for 131 yards, scored 4 touchdowns, returned 4 kicks for 126 yards (including a 40-yarder), and even returned a missed field goal 8 yards.
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