After a 4 game win streak, the Steelmakers plummeted kind of like the the Youngstown population since the 70s. Outside of last year’s debacle of allowing all team’s to make the playoffs, this will be the 3rd season where the Steelmakers have not made the playoffs outright, this year due to a defense that couldn’t even hold the other team’s jock straps.

OPOY Watch:

Zach Bailey – Bailey started every game this season and was the only one on the team to give up 0 sacks. He has a great chance at being named starter for the Dragons after this performance.

Maleek Irons – Irons fined 3rd in the rushing race this season with 1435 yards, which is very impressive since he was over 100 carries behind 1st and 2nd place. While he did not rack up the touchdowns due to Browning’s arm, he finished 2nd in rushing average, 2nd in rushing long, 3rd in yards per game, 4th in gains of over 10 yards, and 8th in rushing first downs.

Jake Browning – Browning was at the top of the league all season long, which was no surprise after a great career at Washington. He finished 1st in completions, 2nd in yards, 2nd in touchdowns, 3rd in QBR, 5th in completion %, 5th in yards per game, and 5th in touchdown %.

DPOY Watch:

Kevin Strong – Strong has had a strong ending to the season, ending up with 7 sacks, which led the team and was tied for 3rd in the league. His 15 hurries and 1 forced fumble also led the team. He added 61 tackles, 8 stuffs, and 1 deflection.

Andy Smigiera – After shuffling the corners around all season, Smigiera had the only light as he helped Youngtown to the 4-0 run as a starter. He led the team with 3 interceptions and finished second with 89 tackles, 2 behind the leader. He also had 1 stuff and 3 deflections

Armond Dellovade – Dellovade was the play caller on defense all season, and was the local hero after playing at Youngstown State. He did not lead the team in any categories, but was always around the ball and a team leader. He finished with 56 tackles, 1 hurry, 4 stuffs, and 2 deflections

STPOY Watch:

Michael Walker – A whole season in the books and Walker left with the punt return crown of averaging the most yards per return.

Cole Hedlund – Hedlund finished 3rd in the league in scoring and was tied for the league’s most field goals made.

Jack Fox – Fox finished 5th in the league punting average and 4th in net average.