Two Wolves Named to all-af2 Team
MANCHESTER, NH-- Two members of the Manchester Wolves have been recognized for their outstanding play this season in the arenafootball2 league, with linebacker Bradly Chavez named to the All-af2 American Conference First Team and offensive lineman Daniel Oliphant earning Second Team honors.
Both Chavez and Oliphant have been major impact players all season long for the Wolves (10-7), who have won eight of their last nine games and are headed to Green Bay on Saturday night to take on the Blizzard in the second round of the playoffs in the American Conference semi-finals.
Chavez (6-2,205), a two-year af2 veteran who started every game this season on both sides of the ball at linebacker and at wide receiver, is a true throwback to the two-way player of old and is known as a big playmaker. He earned honors as the af2 JLS Ironman of the Week twice during the regular season, and was voted the JLS Ironman of the game six times, the Schutt Offensive Player twice, and had the Cutters Catch of the Game four times. In the first round playoff win over the South Georgia Wildcats, he was also voted the JLS Ironman of the Game.
On offense, Chavez finished the regular season with the team's most receiving TDs (28), the most passes caught (86), and the third most receiving yards (1,147) for an average of 13.3 per catch and 71.7 per game, and added another 14 rushing yards on seven carries. On defense, he was the second leading tackler with 34 solo hits and another eight assisted for a total of 38 and he picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown. He also recovered two fumbles and returned one for a score.
In the playoff win, he contributed two tackles and scored two touchdowns after catching nine passes for 69 yards.
Oliphant (6-6,330), a rookie out of Colby College in Maine, has been called "the undeniable presence on the offensive line" this season by Head Coach Danton Barto.
He is one of the few players on the team who also started all 16 games, even though he played two different positions on the line. Oliphant was the force in the middle playing center for the first 13 games, but then had to make the switch to guard for the last three regular season games and the playoffs after veteran Darnerius Watson returned to the team in mid-July.
The Wolves next playoff opponent, the Midwest Division Champion Green Bay Blizzard, have a league-best eight players on the All-af2 First and Second teams, and the Blizzard also led the league in most First-Team players with six.
When the Wolves take on the Blizzard on Saturday night (8:30 PM ET), they will be without starting defensive lineman Larry McSwain, who left the team this week to accept a full time job. He has been replaced on the roster by rookie Matt King (6-3,260) from the University of Maine.
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