ATLANTA- The National Arena League announced today its selections for the 2017 All-NAL Offense. The All-NAL First and Second Team Offensive selections are players from around the league that have been recognized for their achievements during the 2017 regular season. In addition to the offensive players recognized, the league released the 2017 All-NAL Kicker Returners.
The Jacksonville Sharks led the way with five total All-NAL offensive selections. The Columbus Lions and the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks followed in second with four total offensive selections each.
In their first year in the NAL, Jacksonville finished their regular season going 11-1. The Sharks’ offense led the league in total points scored (697) and total offensive yards (2928). After topping any other player in the league in rushing yards and touchdowns, Derrick Ross earned an All-NAL First-Team Selection. Other First-Team Selections included Offensive Linemen Cornelius Lewis, Mo Ruffins, and Center AJ Harmon. Wide Receiver Maurice “Moe” Williams earned Second-Team All-NAL after leading the league in yards per catch.
The Columbus Lions paved their way to the NAL Championship game as well and placed four players on the All-NAL First and Second Offensive Team Selections. Wide Receiver Michael Reeve led the league in three different categories earning his first All-NAL First-Team Selection. Reeve finished the year with 73 receptions, 809 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. Reeve wouldn’t have gotten so many catches without the help from Second-Team All-NAL selection quarterback Mason Espinosa, who leads the league in pass efficiency (109.7). Wide Receiver Triston Purifoy and Center Ryne Holland earned their spots as Second-Team All-NAL as well.
The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks had an outstanding season led by Quarterback Warren Smith and Wide Receiver Darius Prince who both earned First-Team All-NAL honors. Smith led the league in passing yards, pass attempts, and passing TDs. On the other end of the ball, Prince had 57 receptions for 718 yards. Steelhawks’ Second-Team honors went to wide receiver Brandon Renford who was second in the league in all purpose yards, and Offensive Lineman Brett Piekarski. Renford also received First Team All-NAL honors for Kick Returner.
Two other teams each placed one or more players on the All-NAL offensive teams in 2017.
The Monterrey Steel’s Wide Receiver London Crawford was the leader in many of the league’s offensive stats including: all purpose yards, scoring TDs, receiving yards per game, receptions and TDs. His performance during the 2017 season earned him an All-NAL First-Team selection. The Steel’s Offensive Lineman Colin Madison earned Second-Team All-NAL honors.
The High County Grizzlies placed fullback Undra Hendrix, who is third in the league in rushing yards, rushing attempts and touchdowns behind the Sharks’ Derrick Ross, on the All-NAL Second-Team offensive roster. Kick Returner Daron Clark also earned Second Team All-NAL after topping the charts in kick returns and kick return yards.
FULL LIST OF FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-NAL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS BELOW
First-Team All-NAL Second-Team All-NAL
- Quarterback: Warren Smith (Lehigh Valley)
- Fullback: Derrick Ross (Jacksonville)
- Wide Receiver: Michael Reeve (Columbus)
- Wide Receiver: Darius Prince (Lehigh Valley)
- Wide Receiver: London Crawford (Monterrey)
- Offensive Lineman: Cornelius Lewis (Jacksonville)
- Offensive Lineman: Mo Ruffins (Jacksonville)
- Center: AJ Harmon (Jacksonville)
First-Team All-NAL Kick Returners
- 1st Team: Brandon Renford (Lehigh Valley)
First-Team All-NAL Second-Team All-NAL
- Quarterback: Mason Espinosa (Columbus)
- Fullback: Undra Hendrix (High Country)
- Wide Receiver: Brandon Renford (Lehigh Valley)
- Wide Receiver: Moe Williams (Jacksonville)
- Wide Receiver: Triston Purifoy (Columbus)
- Offensive Lineman: Brett Piekarski (Lehigh Valley)
- Offensive Lineman: Colin Madison (Monterrey)
- Center: Ryne Holland (Columbus)
Second-Team All-NAL Kick Returners
- 2nd Team: Daron Clark (High County)
About the NAL
The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as a premiere league in arena football. The league currently has franchises in both the United States and Mexico. For more information on the NAL visit nationalarenaleague.com or view us on social media at facebook.com/nationalareanaleague, twitter.com/nalfootball, instagram.com/nationalarenaleague.