2011 Arena Football League season

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2011 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport arena football
DurationMarch 9 – August 12
Regular season
Season champions Arizona Rattlers
Season MVP Nick Davila, ARZ
League postseason
American Conference champions Jacksonville Sharks
  American Conference runners-up Georgia Force
National Conference champions Arizona Rattlers
  National Conference runners-up Chicago Rush
ArenaBowl XXIV
Champions Jacksonville Sharks
  Runners-up Arizona Rattlers
Finals MVP Aaron Garcia, JAX
AFL seasons

The 2011 Arena Football League season was the 24th season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 11, 2011 and ended on July 23, 2011. [1] The Jacksonville Sharks, in their second year of existence, defeated the Arizona Rattlers 73–70 in ArenaBowl XXIV on August 12, 2011 to conclude the playoffs.

Contents

League business

Teams

Three franchises that competed in the 2008 season, the Philadelphia Soul, San Jose SaberCats, and Kansas City Command (formerly the Kansas City Brigade), returned to competition in the 2011 season, after an announcement made on June 19, 2010. [2]

Two teams that competed in 2010 relocated and have assumed the history of former AFL franchises. It was announced on August 21, 2010 that the Alabama Vipers would become the Georgia Force, [3] and on September 14, 2010 it was revealed that the Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings would become the New Orleans VooDoo. [4]

The Milwaukee Iron officially changed its name to the Milwaukee Mustangs on January 27, 2011, taking the name of the original franchise. [5]

The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was awarded an expansion team on August 20, 2010. The team, named the Pittsburgh Power, was the first AFL team to call Pittsburgh home since the Pittsburgh Gladiators, one of the league's four original franchises. The Gladiators moved to Tampa, Florida and became the Tampa Bay Storm after the 1990 season. [6]

The only team that did not return from the 2010 season was the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. Owner Phil Miller made the announcement on October 21, 2010, citing an inability to find minority investors as one reason for the decision to not compete. [7]

Realignment

With several teams relocating, returning, or leaving, the AFL announced the divisional alignment for 2011 on October 21, 2010. Both conferences each had nine teams placed in two divisions. [8]

ConferenceDivisionTeams
American East Cleveland Gladiators, Milwaukee Mustangs, Philadelphia Soul, Pittsburgh Power
South Georgia Force, Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans VooDoo, Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm
National Central Chicago Rush, Dallas Vigilantes, Iowa Barnstormers, Kansas City Command, Tulsa Talons
West Arizona Rattlers, San Jose SaberCats, Spokane Shock, Utah Blaze

Regular season schedule

Each team played an 18-game regular season with two bye weeks over the course of 20 weeks, making it the longest schedule in the history of the league. The first game of the season was played on March 11, 2011. The Pittsburgh Power began their inaugural season against the Philadelphia Soul, who played their first game since winning ArenaBowl XXII in 2008.

On July 9, the Spokane Shock and Utah Blaze played in a game billed as the "Joe Albi Stadium Summer Classic". The game was played outdoors at Joe Albi Stadium under normal arena football rules. [9]

Regular season standings

American Conference
East Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(2) Cleveland Gladiators 108.5569048424–26–57–23–6
Pittsburgh Power 99.5008709724–25–65–44–5
Milwaukee Mustangs 711.3898728671–53–84–53–6
Philadelphia Soul 612.3339149693–35–64–52–7
South Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(1) Jacksonville Sharks 144.77811589088–012–08–16–3
(3) Georgia Force [a] 117.61110079315–37–55–46–3
(4) Orlando Predators 117.61110019334–48–46–35–4
Tampa Bay Storm 711.3898029932–64–84–53–6
New Orleans VooDoo 315.16782610171–72–100–93–6
National Conference
Central Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(2) Chicago Rush 135.7229578336–29–37–26–3
(3) Dallas Vigilantes 117.611106110076–27–56–35–4
Tulsa Talons 810.4448948993–54–74–54–5
Kansas City Command 612.3338549743–54–94–42–7
Iowa Barnstormers 513.27891611162–65–74–51–8
West Division
TeamWLPCTPFPADIVCONHomeAway
(1) Arizona Rattlers 162.88911148365–19–28–18–1
(4) Spokane Shock [b] 99.500105710273–36–57–22–7
Utah Blaze 99.500108211172–44–77–22–7
San Jose SaberCats 711.389102210802–44–76–31–8

Eight teams qualify for the playoffs: four teams from each conference, of which two are division champions and the other two have the best records of the teams remaining. [10]

Tie-breakers

Statistics

Final statistics [11]

Passing

PlayerComp.Att.Comp%YardsTD'sINT'sRating
Nick Davila, ARZ 42760470.7%4,91611710127.6
Aaron Garcia, JAX 40256271.5%4,95311617125.4
Nick Hill, ORL 38757867.0%4,7589717119.5
Tommy Grady, UTA 38358365.7%4,36810712119.1
Dan Raudabaugh, DAL 36058764.6%4,7419017118.3

Rushing

PlayerCar.YardsAvg.TD'sLong
Derrick Ross, DAL 1676223.73937
Nick Hill, ORL 3912754.9939
Johnnie Kirton, CHI 3662093.21415
Bobby Reid, TUL 3131410.11339
Bernard Morris, PIT 463126.8443

Receiving

PlayerRec.YardsYPGTD'sLong
Anthony Jones, DAL 1712,232124.04243
Donovan Morgan, PHI 1681,959122.43746
Jesse Schmidt, IOW 1302,171120.65543
Troy McBroom, TUL 1211,747116.53144
Rod Windsor, ARZ 1561,830114.43644

Awards

All-Arena team

Offense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Quarterback Aaron Garcia, Jacksonville Nick Davila, Arizona
Fullback Derrick Ross, Dallas Chad Cook, San Jose
Center Randy Degg, Jacksonville Brennan Carvalho, Arizona
Offensive lineman Adam Tadisch, Cleveland
Richard Ranglin, Kansas City
Mark Lewis, San Jose
Devin Clark, Arizona
Wide receiver Rod Windsor, Arizona
Anthony Jones, Dallas
Jesse Schmidt, Iowa
Maurice Purify, Georgia
Donovan Morgan, Philadelphia
Reggie Gray, Chicago
Defense
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Defensive lineman Anttaj Hawthorne, Arizona
Tim McGill, Tampa Bay
Caesar Rayford, Utah
Dusty Bear, Dallas
Derrick Summers, Jacksonville
Mike Lewis, Utah
Middle linebacker Cliff Dukes, Tampa Bay Tim Cheatwood, Cleveland
Jack linebacker Kelvin Morris, Chicago Marlon Moye-Moore, Orlando
Defensive back Rayshaun Kizer, Orlando
Micheaux Robinson, Jacksonville
Vic Hall, Chicago
Andre Jones, Milwaukee
Virgil Gray, Arizona
J.C. Neal, Tulsa
Special teams
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Kicker Carlos Martinez, Georgia Fabrizio Scaccia, Arizona
Kick returner PJ Berry, New Orleans Virgil Gray, Arizona

All-Ironman team

On August 8, 2011, the All-Ironman team was announced, with P. J. Berry of the New Orleans VooDoo being named the Ironman of the Year. [12]

PlayerPositionTeam
P. J. Berry WR/KR New Orleans VooDoo
Reggie Gray WR/KR Chicago Rush
Jeff Hughley WR/KR Jacksonville Sharks
C.J. Johnson WR/KR Georgia Force
Marlon Moye-Moore FB/LB Orlando Predators
Jason Simpson DB/KR Chicago Rush

Playoffs

Conference Semifinals Conference Championship ArenaBowl XXIV
         
1Jacksonville63
4 Orlando 48
1Jacksonville64
American Conference
3 Georgia 55
2 Cleveland 41
3Georgia50
A1Jacksonville73
N1 Arizona 70
1Arizona62
4 Spokane 33
1Arizona54
National Conference
2 Chicago 48
2Chicago54
3 Dallas 51

Conference semifinals

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
AmericanJuly 298:00 p.m. EDT Orlando Predators Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville, 63–48 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [13]
NationalJuly 298:30 p.m. EDT Dallas Vigilantes Chicago Rush Chicago, 54–51 Allstate Arena [14]
NationalJuly 2910:00 p.m. EDT Spokane Shock Arizona Rattlers Arizona, 62–33 US Airways Center [15]
AmericanJuly 313:00 p.m. EDT Georgia Force Cleveland Gladiators Georgia, 50–41 Quicken Loans Arena [16]

Conference finals

ConferenceDateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
NationalAugust 610:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Rush Arizona Rattlers Arizona, 54–48 US Airways Center [17]
AmericanAugust 88:00 p.m. EDT Georgia Force Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville, 64–55 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [18]

ArenaBowl XXIV

DateKickoffAwayHomeFinal scoreGame siteRecap
August 128:30 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Sharks Arizona Rattlers Jacksonville, 73–70 US Airways Center [19]

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