Two Wolves earn All-af2 status
MANCHESTER, NH-- Manchester Wolves rookie defensive back Brandon Isaac and two-year veteran wide receiver Emery Sammons have been recognized for their outstanding arenafootball2 league seasons by being named to the All-af2 First and Second Team, respectively.
Isaac (6-2, 200) was an impact player for the Wolves this season, despite being new to the arena game, and earned All-af2 First Team honors. Although he played in only 14 of the 16 regular season games in 2009, he led the team in tackles with 68 solo hits and nine assisted tackles for a total of 72.5 He also led the team in interceptions with nine, which set a franchise record for most picks in a single season, and broke up another 25 passes in the air. He contributed one tackle for a loss of four yards and forced one fumble plus he recovered another loose ball.
Issac, a product of the University of South Carolina, finished his rookie year ranked eighth in the league in interceptions and 25th in total tackles.
Sammons (6-2. 200), playing in his second season in the af2 and second with the Wolves, was named Second Team All-af2. He racked up over 1,000 yards receiving for the second straight year even though he only appeared in 14 regular season contests and finished 19th in the league standings in that category. He was the Wolves top receiver with 102 catches for 1,446 yards and scored 26 touchdowns. He also rushed five times for 13 yards and was the Wolves second leading scorer behind fellow wide receiver, Steve Savoy, who also surpassed 1,000 yards in receiving.
"I'm excited that Brandon made First Team," said Wolves Head Coach Danton Barto. "It's espescially exciting that as a rookie he was able to do all that he did on their field for us this year. What he did is impressive. While I'm also excited for Emery, I'm surprised that he didn't make First Team. I'm a little biased, but I thought that he deserved First Team honors. While I'm excited for Emery, I'm disappointed for Steve Savoy because I thought he was deserving as well."
"Having two guys make All-af2 is not bad on a team that finished 7-10 this year," Barto continued. "I wish we had a better record on the field, but I'm proud of these players and it shows that we did have some very good football players on our team this year.
Isaac and Sammons are the 12th and 13th Wolves players to make All-af2 since the franchise was founded in 2002 as the Mohegan (Conn.) Wolves. The others are: ST Brandon Burnside (2002- Second Team), OL/DL Charlie Cook (2003), OS Mel Long (2003), WR/LB JJ McKelvey (2005), DB William "Roc" Haith (2005-06), QB Jake Eaton (2005-Second Team), DB Ali Sebastien (2005- Second Team), 2007 DL Maurice Fountain (2007), OL/DL Jimmy Williams (2007- Second Team), LB/WR Bradley Chavez (2008), and OL Daniel Oliphant (2008- Second Team).
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