As if I didn’t post enough of my opinions on the SFL website already, I’ve decided to help out Andrew (DPP) this week and choose my picks for the Players of the Week for Week 4
Yes, I realise it’s a little late but ‘better late than never’ as the old saying goes. It was actually a far tougher task than first anticipated, with Week 4 bringing many star performances, especially on the offensive side of the ball. So, with that, let’s gets to it shall we?
Offensive POTW – Ken Gossett, Wide Receiver, Tallahassee Pride (13 catches, 279 yds, 21.5 ypc, 2 TD’s)
There were a number of outstanding individual performances offensively in Week 4, but Ken Gossett’s ridiculous game against Vancouver stood out to me the most. Gossett has been consistently brilliant throughout the early season, always showing excellent hands and probably the best route running in the league. It’s rare that you see a player catch 13 balls yet have such a high average per catch. 21.5 yards per catch is just insane. Vancouver’s defensive backs aren’t bad players, but covering Gossett was like covering a figment of imagination on Sunday. One minute he is There, the next he’s got the ball and running for 6. His tandem with Duke Wilson is by a mile the best in the league, and Christian Christiansen should feel privileged for the chance to throw the ball to two diamonds on the outside. Wilson also had a big game, however I picked Gossett because he makes the team tick. Wilson is flashier, but in my view, Gossett is more of an MVP for the Pride.
Defensive POTW – Nick Daggs, Strong Safety, St. Louis Gladiators (11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception, 1 defensive TD)
Stand out performances on defense weren’t easy to find this week, with a lot of great team performances outweighing big individual games. However, one man that seemed to be everywhere on the field this week was St. Louis’ Nick Daggs. I feel like Daggs has been the least mentioned of all the Daggs family so far this season, yet he is quietly becoming a cornerstone of the impressive St. Louis defense. To me, the fact that he was able to return an interception for a touchdown isn’t the most impressive thing about his day, it’s the 11 tackles that grabs my attention. This stat shows that Daggs is a force against the run and the pass, an all-round strong safety that can do the dirty work as well as make the highlight reel plays. Players like this are extremely rare, and after a performance like this, Daggs should start to get the credit he clearly deserves.
Shady’s ‘Far Too Early’ Awards Leaders
Seeing as though DPP has let me take control of this article for a week, I thought I would have some fun and stir up some discussion with my picks for certain award leaders so far this year. We all love to speculate, so why not do it ridiculously Early?! The awards I’m going to look at today are Offensive Player of the Season and Defensive Player of the Season. So, let’s have some fun…
Offensive POTS Leaders
1. Duke Wilson, WR, Tallahassee (36 catches, 977 yards, 11 TD’s)
2. Ken Gossett, WR, Tallahassee (49 catches, 949 yards, 8 TD’s)
3. Christian Christiansen, QB, Tallahassee (2179 yards, 19 TD’s:9 INT’s, 125.2 QBR)
4. Ron Cockren, QB, Alaska (1680 yards, 13 TD’s:5 INT’s, 108.6 QBR)
5. Warren Murray, RB, Houston (462 yards rushing, 5.9 YPC, 3 TD’s; 25 catches, 138 yrds receiving) This is my sleeper pick?
Defensive POTS Leaders
1. Charles Ball, SS, Tulsa (39 tackles, 1 sack, 8 PD, 7 interceptions)
2. Alex Dominguez, DE, Alaska (23 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 17 TFL)
3. Hunter Norwood, DE, Tallahassee (26 tackles, 11 sacks, 13 TFL, 1 PD)
4. Slinn Shady, ILB, London (64 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 10 TFL)
5. Alex Bond, SS, Tallahassee (43 tackles, 1 sack, 6 PD, 5 interceptions)
Well then, that’s me done. Speculate on my picks all you want, beat writers love for a bit of drama!
Thank you again, SFL family