Another year of SFL D-League action has arrived in the Steel City of Youngstown, Ohio. In the first 4 weeks of the season, the Steelmakers have spent 3 of those weeks at home here in the Ice Castle in front of fans ready to avenge a poor Youngstown State season. After a Week 1 loss, former Washington Husky, Jake Browning, and company won the next two in high powered offensive fashion before ultimately going 2-2 on the year. Browning and the offense have been nothing but exciting, being statistically ranked towards the top of the league, but the defense forgot to show up this season, giving up too many points per game for the offense to hang in their losses.
Jake Browning – A 3rd round pick by the Boston Dragons had a slow start in Week 1, but has been lights out since completing 71.4% of his passes. He ranks 2nd in Touchdowns, 3rd in QBR, 4th in Completions, and 5th in Passing Yards. He is currently on pace to break the single season passing record for the Steelmakers.
Maleek Irons – A Columbus Explorers Territorial pick out of Ohio, Irons has gotten off to a fast start with over 100 yards per game. He ranks 2nd in rush yards with 439, 2nd in yards per carry, and 2nd in yards per game. He is already projected to shatter the single season rushing record for the Steelmakers.
David Steinmetz – A second year player for the Steelmakers out of Purdue, Steinmetz has helped pave the way for the 2nd best rushing attack in the league. He currently has 10 holes which ranks third in the league. He is on pace to break his own record as last season, he only had 14 total on the year in a starting role.
Robbie Grimsley – A late round draft pick by the Explorers from the National Champions, North Dakota State, Grimsley is the leading tackler on the defense. Being that he is a safety, he is doing extra work picking up the slack for the front 7. He also leads the team in pass deflections with 3 and adds 1 stuff to the mix.
Bryan Mone – A 2nd round pick by the Explorers is the only defensive player to rank amongst the league leaders in any category. He has 2 sacks from the Nose Tackle position. He has proven he can eat up blocks and be a force in the middle with a 3 hurries, 1 stuff, and 2 pass deflections.
Harry Henschler – A late round draft pick by the Explorers who hails from Wisconsin-Whitewater has been impressive coming off the edge. His pass rush skills have impressed racking up 1 sack, 2 hurries 1 stuff, and 19 tackles.
Michael Walker – An UDFA for the Boston Dragons out of Boston College, there has been no slowing down from his collegiate career to his professional one. He leads the entire league in punt return average with 14 yards per return. He is also top 10 in kick return average while leading the league in yards.
Cole Hedlund – An UDFA from North Texas has been a mile ahead of last year’s kicker since he first stepped on the field. He is now 8-8 in field goals with a long of 47. He is tied for the 2nd most points in the league.
Jack Fox – An UDFA from Rice is in contention to beat out veteran Marquette King for the starting Punter role on the Dragons squad. He leads the D-League in punt average with 47.1 and in net average with 42.