July 25, 2007 - Omaha, NE - Rock River Raptors quarterback Ben Sankey has been named Most Valuable Player in United Indoor Football for the 2007 season. Sankey also earned Offensive Player of the Year in voting by coaches and media. Nate Fluit of the Sioux Falls Storm is the Defensive Player of the Year for the second year running. Fluit’s coach, Kurtiss Riggs is the Coach of the Year for the second year running.
Sankey was the only quarterback in the league to average more than 200 yards per game passing. His 67.5% completion rate (262-of-388) 2,951 yards and 210.8 yards passing per game led the league. He threw 47 touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions. He also ranked first in total offense with 3,091 yards as he rushed for 140 yards to accompany his passing statistics.
Fluit dropped opponents behind the line of scrimmage more than four times the length of the indoor field. He is the league leader in sacks and tackles for loss. Quarterbacks were dumped 16.5 times for a minus 91 while he caught others behind the line 26 times for 104 yards equating to total losses of 205 yards. He also forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles.
Special Teams Player of the Year goes to Rock River’s Doug Daniel. He scored 166 points and was the only kicker in the league to average double digits in each contest with 11.9 points per game. He converted 73-of-87 extra points and was 31-of-52 in field goals for a 59.6% rate. His longest FG of the year was 50 yards.
Bloomington receiver James Walton was chosen Most Improved Player. His 21 touchdowns and 13.2 yard average per catch were league highs. He has 70 catches for 922 yards with an average of 61.5 yards receiving per game.
Muhammad Abdulqaadir of RiverCity and Ryan Palmer of Colorado are the Offensive Rookie and Defensive Rookie of the Year respectively. Abdulquaadir rushed 231 times for 848 yards and 21 touchdowns His 56.5 yards per game average ties him with Sioux Falls’ Marques Smith for the top rusher in the league. Palmer lead the first year Ice with 93 total tackles (68 solo, 50 assisted). He also contributed 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Storm Head Coach, Kurtiss Riggs, is the Coach of the Year for the second year in-a-row. Riggs has guided his club to 36 consecutive wins and back-to-back United Bowl championships.
UIF’s Man of the Year will be announced August 1.
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