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Written by Josh Farnzy

Images by JR Lawless

The SFLm’s second season is halfway over, which means we have a good sample size for those players who have stood out so far.

College football has their Heisman race. Over the next few weeks, I will be tracking who is leading the pack for the SFLm’s Player of the Year honors, and I’m very interested to hear who you think should be on this prestigious list.

A couple notes…

  • Unlike that trophy with the stiff-arming ball carrier on it, this is consideration for all positions – not just the quarterback for the top couple of teams.
  • These standings are about on-the-field accomplishments. While I hope all players are engaging elsewhere on Discord, this is a pure between-the-lines ranking.
  • We need a catchy name for this. DM me ideas.

I will try to keep my Birmingham bias in check as much as possible, as great and amazing as we are – ‘coughs while muttering #fueledup’.

So, our initial Top POY…

1. Riley Quintero/Wide Receiver/Birmingham Fuel
Simply put: no other player has made such a sizable impact on the first half of the season as #17 in black and silver. His 50 receptions, 773 yards receiving and 6 receiving TDs are on pace to set a nosebleed-high standard for years to come. He even has his “Heisman moment”, snagging a Hail Mary out of the air to force overtime against Salt Lake City. RQ is the leader in the clubhouse.
2. Tom Creeg/Strong Safety/Birmingham Fuel
 A menace in the run game and smooth operator in the passing game. Creeg has been everywhere. With 39 tackles, 4 sacks, 7 tackles for loss and interception, the man dubbed “Blitz Creeg” is helping to anchor one of the league’s top defensive units.
3. Kevin Seay/Running Back/Ottawa Cavalry
Workhorse. Sure, it’s a sports cliche, but no other player has been relied on and delivered as often as Seay. His 4.7 yards per carry and 488 rushing yards leads the SFLm. Seay has also been a consistent target in the passing game, registering 110 yards on 45 receptions.
4. Kristopher Magle/Strong Safety/Salt Lake City Rustlers
Few playmakers have hovered around the ball as often and as forceful as Magle. The league-leader (among qualified leaders) in tackles per game (10.8), Magle has also forced 3 turnovers, including 2 INTs and has a sack to his credit. Magle has also made some key third down stops in the last two weeks as a timely stopper as well.
5. Christian Brown/Quarterback/Birmingham Fuel
1,630 yards. Let that number just simmer in your head for a little bit. Brown already holds the touchdown record for a season – and still has 3 full games to play. Brown – the trigger man on the aforementioned Quintero Hail Mary – continues to show accuracy to go with a big arm. His league-leading 9 INTs are the only thing keeping him from a higher spot on this race.
6. Michael Hammer/WR/Memphis River Runners
(Deep breath and don’t make a Hammer Time reference. You can do this, Frenzy). OK, Hammer has proven to be a force for the River Runners. His 35 catches and 504 yards has made a consistent impact. Secondaries, be damned. Consider a double team, defenses.

6 more on the cusp: Charlie Biletsky/Running back/Madison, Eric Price/Quarterback/Madison, Cliff Grizzly/Defensive End/Albuquerque, Devin King/Linebacker/San Jose, Mike Scott/Cornerback/Ottawa, Josh Gill/Wide Receiver/Annapolis

Thoughts? Bones to pick? Virtual handshakes to give? Feel free to DM Josh Farnzy with your feedback. See you next week!

A Note from the Head of Written Content: This was the first of what I’m sure will be many articles from our new Beat Writer, Josh Farnzy. Josh has shown an interest from Day 1 in helping the league’s written content and we are ecstatic to have him in our group. I hope you enjoy his first piece.