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10. Orlando Predators defensive back Rayshaun Kizer now owns the AFL single-season interception record with 16. With three interceptions in his final two games, he overtook Chicago Rush defensive back Vic Hall, who had 15 in 12 starts. Coincidently, Hall’s 15 interceptions broke Kizer’s rookie record of 12.
9. The AFL division champions don’t lose home games. All four division winning teams finished either 8-1 or 7-2 at home this year.
8. Iowa wide receiver Jesse Schmidt had a season to remember. He put up 55 touchdowns and led the AFL with 334 points scored. His 168 catches and 2,171 receiving yards was the second most in the league.
7. Both Nick Davila and Aaron Garcia stated their case as the AFL’s premier quarterback. They ended the season with completion percentages north of 70 percent and over 4,900 passing yards and quarterback ratings of over 125. Davila tied the AFL single season record with 117 touchdowns and Garcia was right behind with 116. Davila’s TD-to-INT ratio of 11.7-to-1 is fantastic.
6. This season five teams forced at least 50 turnovers on the season and 30 interceptions. The Chicago Rush led the pack with 56 takeaways and 42 picks. Those are all more than in any other season prior.
5. Dallas FB/LB Derrick Ross ended his fantastic season with 622 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns on 167 carries. The carries and yards are the new AFL single season and rookie rushing records. The Vigilantes’ 16 sacks given up was the second fewest in the AFL, so the offensive line has been solid.
4. At the end of the season, Dallas’ wide receiver Tiger Jones led the league with 171 catches and 2,232 yards.
3. San Jose quarterback Mark Grieb ended the year with the AFL passing title with 5,312 yards in his first year back since 2008. He was the only QB this year to reach 5,000 yards in the air.
2. The Arizona Rattlers became the first team in AFL history to win 16 regular season games. They got victory number 16 over the Dallas Vigilantes. Coincidently, the Dallas Desperados held the previous record with a 15-1 regular season in 2007. The Rattlers enter the playoffs as the AFL’s hottest team on a nine-game winning streak.
1. Congratulations to the New Orleans VooDoo’s P.J. Berry, who broke Antonio Chatman’s AFL record for all-purpose yards in a season. He used a 292-yard outbreak in Week 20 to reach 3,708 all-purpose yards on the season. On the season, he scored 41 touchdowns with over 2,000 kick return yards.