Season 10 has finally gotten under way and with the new Player Progression system in place for the SFL, standout performances are more visible than ever. Each player unique in build and ability makes for a genuinely exciting climb to the top of the league.
Week 1 had some outstanding performances, but 2 stood out over all the rest:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
DUKE WILSON, WR, TALLAHASSEE PRIDE
6 REC/241 YARDS/40.2 YPR/3 TD
I’ll admit, it was a difficult choice for the offensive side of the all this week, but Duke Wilson’s catch and run clinic was an absolute pleasure to watch. He almost gained as many yards as the outstanding performance by Alaska’s Optimus Cline in 1/3 of the receptions. For this writer, the determining factor was the 3 trips to the endzone. The man just would not let Carolina’s defense up off the mat. Every time a cornerback made a break for the ball and whiffed, Duke was there to clean up the mess and make them pay for it. A lot of secondaries can get lucky on those mistakes. Mr. Wilson however, does allow such mistakes in his classroom.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
SLINN SHADY, LB, LONDON KNIGHTS
18 SOLO TACKLES/5 TFL
Slinn Shady made the defensive choice a bit easier. Even with a host of great defensive performances, especially from Tulsa, Shady rose above all others and stood out among the rest. His 18 solo tackles ties the all-time record as he becomes the third player to reach the mark originally set by Adam Stackhouse of the Renegades. It also comes 6 short of tying the entire Atlanta squad of stars as a whole. This performance showed incredible stamina, resilience, and a desire to win that the players of the SFL pride themselves on. No doubt, Slinn Shady will start to grab the attention of offensive coordinators if this level of play continues.
For future Player of the Week honors, please feel free to send me a DM on Discord and give your nominations for the standout performances you see in the SFL action!