2017 Indoor Football League season

Last updated
2017 IFL season
League Indoor Football League
Sport Indoor Football
DurationFebruary 16, 2017 – June 17, 2017
Number of teams10
Regular season
Season MVPCharles McCullum (Wichita Falls Nighthawks)
Playoffs
Intense championsArizona Rattlers
  Intense runners-upNebraska Danger
United championsSioux Falls Storm
  United runners-upIowa Barnstormers
2017 United Bowl
ChampionsArizona Rattlers
  Runners-upSioux Falls Storm
Finals MVPJustin Shirk (LB, ARI)
IFL seasons

The 2017 Indoor Football League season was the ninth season of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Playing with ten teams in two conferences spread across the midwestern and western United States, the league's regular season kicked off on February 16, 2017, when the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles hosted the Nebraska Danger. The regular season ended 18 weeks later on June 18, 2017, with the defending league champion Sioux Falls Storm visiting the Iowa Barnstormers and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks visiting the Nebraska Danger. The playoffs were held in two rounds, with the top two seeds in each conference playing against each other in the conference championships. The winner of those games met in the United Bowl. [1] [2]

Contents

Teams

For 2017, the IFL maintained its two-conference, no-divisions format, with each of the ten teams playing 16 games during the 18-week regular season. The Billings Wolves and Tri-Cities Fever announced their suspension of operations for the 2017 season, maintaining hope of a return for 2018. [3] [4] In their place, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (owned by Project FANchise, with fans controlling every aspect of the team) were accepted into the IFL as an expansion team, [5] and the Arizona Rattlers joined the IFL after having played the last 24 seasons in the Arena Football League. [6]

TeamLocationArenaCapacityFoundedJoinedHead Coach
United Conference
Cedar Rapids Titans Cedar Rapids, Iowa U.S. Cellular Center 6,90020122012 Marvin McNutt
Green Bay Blizzard Green Bay, Wisconsin Resch Center 8,60020032010Chris Williams
Iowa Barnstormers Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 15,18119952015Dixie Wooten
Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls, South Dakota Denny Sanford Premier Center 10,67820002009Kurtiss Riggs
Wichita Falls Nighthawks Wichita Falls, Texas Kay Yeager Coliseum 7,38020132015Billy Back
Intense Conference
Arizona Rattlers Phoenix, Arizona Talking Stick Resort Arena 15,50519922017 Kevin Guy
Colorado Crush Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 5,28920072009Jose Jefferson
Nebraska Danger Grand Island, Nebraska Eihusen Arena 6,00020112011Hurtis Chinn
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles West Valley City, Utah Maverik Center 10,00020162017 Matthew Sauk
Spokane Empire Spokane, Washington Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,77120062016Adam Shackleford

Standings

Playoffs

Semifinals 2017 United Bowl
      
I2 Nebraska 36
I1Arizona62
I1Arizona50
U1 Sioux Falls 41
U2 Iowa 32
U1Sioux Falls66

Awards

Players of the week

The following were named the top performers during the 2017 season:

WeekOffensive
Player of the Week
Defensive
Player of the Week
Special Teams
Player of the Week
1 [7] Charles McCullum
(Nighthawks)
Rashard Smith
(Storm)
Trey Wafford
(Danger)
2 [8] Verlon Reed
(Screaming Eagles)
Robert Brown
(Empire)
Tyler Williams
(Nighthawks)
3 [9] Derrick Bernard
(Danger)
Tyree Robinson
(Empire)
Tanner Graeber
(Nighthawks)
4 [10] Trevor Kennedy
(Empire)
Javicz Jones
(Barnstormers)
Jamal Miles
(Rattlers)
5 [11] Charles Dowdell
(Empire)
Manny Asprilla
(Blizzard)
Carlton Watkins
(Storm)
6 [12] Mike Tatum
(Storm)
John Hardy-Tuliau
(Empire)
Joshua Gable
(Danger)
7 [13] Charles McCullum
(Nighthawks)
Nikolas Sierra
(Danger)
Spencer Groner
(Crush)
8 [14] Cody Sokol
(Rattlers)
Javicz Jones
(Barnstormers)
Justin Syrovatka
(Storm)
9 [15] Darrell Monroe
(Rattlers)
DaeJohn Love
(Barnstormers)
Marcus Barnett
(Titans)
10 [16] Liam Nadler
(Crush)
Eze Obiora
(Danger)
Trevor Kennedy
(Empire)
11 [17] Darrell Monroe
(Rattlers)
James Calhoun
(Screaming Eagles)
Tyler Williams
(Nighthawks)
12 [18] Travis Partridge
(Barnstormers)
Tyler Knight
(Storm)
Tyrell Pearson
(Blizzard)
13 [19] Tre' Parmalee
(Titans)
Khalif Mitchell
(Storm)
Sawyer Petre
(Rattlers)
14 [20] Travis Partridge
(Barnstormers)
Justin Shirk
(Rattlers)
Chris Robinson
(Screaming Eagles)
15 [21] Brady Roland
(Barnstormers)
James Calhoun
(Screaming Eagles)
Rockne Belmonte
(Nighthawks)
16 [22] Drew Powell
(Danger)
Jamie Bender
(Barnstormers)
Tyler Williams
(Nighthawks)
17 [23] Brady Roland
(Barnstormers)
Allen Chapman
(Rattlers)
Miles Bergner
(Crush)
18 [24] Drew Powell
(Danger)
Rashard Smith
(Storm)
Miles Bergner
(Crush)

Individual season awards

AwardWinnerPositionTeam
Most Valuable PlayerCharles McCullum Quarterback Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Offensive Player of the YearCharles McCullum Quarterback Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Defensive Player of the YearJavicz Jones Linebacker Iowa Barnstormers
Special Teams Player of the YearTyler Williams Kick returner Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Offensive Rookie of the YearVerlon Reed Quarterback Salt Lake Screaming Eagles
Defensive Rookie of the YearTrey Wafford Defensive back Nebraska Danger
Most Improved Award Travis Partridge Quarterback Iowa Barnstormers
Adam Pringle AwardJack Bramswig Wide receiver Green Bay Blizzard
Coach of the YearDixie Wooten Head coach Iowa Barnstormers

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1st Team All-IFL

Offense
Quarterback Charles McCullum, Wichita Falls
Running back Darrell Monroe, Arizona
Wide receiver Jordan Jolly, Wichita Falls
Brady Roland, Iowa
Damond Powell, Cedar Rapids
Offensive tackle Darius Savage, Nebraska
Lamar Mady, Arizona
Center Rashad Mungro, Sioux Falls
Defense
Defensive line J. D. Griggs, Spokane
Ra'Shawde Myers, Iowa
Chris McAllister, Arizona
Linebacker Javicz Jones, Iowa
Defensive back Trey Wafford, Nebraska
Allen Chapman, Arizona
Rashard Smith, Sioux Falls
James Calhoun, Salt Lake
Special teams
Kicker Rockne Belmonte, Wichita Falls
Kick returner Tyler Williams, Wichita Falls

2nd Team All-IFL

Offense
Quarterback Travis Partridge, Iowa
Running back Tyler Williams, Wichita Falls
Wide receiver Kyle Kaizer, Colorado
Devin Mahina, Salt Lake
Marquel Willis, Green Bay
Offensive tackle Kyle Bryant, Sioux Falls
D'Angelo McCray, Iowa
Center Damian Love, Arizona
Defense
Defensive end Eze Obiora, Nebraska
Claude Davis, Sioux Falls
Walter Thomas, Wichita Falls
Linebacker Tyler Knight, Sioux Falls
Defensive back Jamie Bender, Iowa
Matt Hermanson, Sioux Falls
John Hardy-Tuliau, Spokane
Manny Asprilla, Green Bay
Special teams
Kicker Sawyer Petre, Arizona
Kick returner Daniel Lindsey, Colorado

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