AFL Global announces dates for AFL All-Star games, release latest fan ballot results
AFL Global, the business venture that is trying to expand the game of Arena Football in China, released the dates of its two Arena Football League all-star games via a press release Wednesday.
When the entity, which is not run by the AFL itself, announced that they would put on the all-star events more than a month ago, it did not announce when they would take place, only that one would be in Honolulu, Hawaii and the other in Beijing, China.
According to the release, the first AFL all-star game since 1993 will take place in Honolulu Nov. 2. The game in Beijing is scheduled for Nov. 10. The games will take place between the AFL’s National and American conferences
AFL Global also released the latest round of all-star fan ballot results. The release only shows the top three vote getters at each position and the Philadelphia Soul boasts 10 players.
Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh has received the most votes so far for American Conference signal callers. He has garnered 5,417 votes and holds a 209-vote lead over Orlando Predators quarterback Aaron Garcia.
Raudabaugh threw 96 touchdowns in 2013 against only 14 interceptions. He amassed 4,699 yards through the air and completed 68 percent of his passes. He also led the Soul to the ArenaBowl for the second year in a row.
Tiger Jones is the top vote getter at wide receiver in the American Conference and has received the fourth-most votes for any player with 5,600.
Jones recorded his third-consecutive 2,000-yard receiving season in 2013 with 2,121 yards. He is the only man in league history to record multiple 2,000-yard seasons.
He led the Soul with 150 receptions and 37 touchdowns. He also averaged 117.8 yards per game.
The top vote getter on the entire ballot so far is surprisingly not an offensive player in the high-scoring league. That distinction currently belongs to Arizona Rattlers defensive back Arkeith Brown with 6,250. He is the currently the only player on the ballot with more than 6,000 votes.
What is not surprising is that Derrick Ross is leading the way for the American Conference fullbacks with 2,845 votes.
Ross led the AFL in rushing for the third straight season with 542 yards. He also scored 35 rushing touchdowns. Midway through the season, he broke the league’s all-time rushing record.
Jack linebacker Joe Goosby also leads his position in the American Conference with 2,708 votes. Goosby was third on the Soul in tackles with 68.5 and caught four interceptions. He also broke up eight passes and recovered three fumbles.
Fans can also vote on who will coach the squads and Soul head coach Clint Dolezel is at the top of that list with 3,666 votes. In his first season as head coach in Philadelphia, Dolezel called the plays for the league’s third-best scoring offense and led the franchise to its third ArenaBowl appearance.
Other Soul players that are currently in the top three at their respective positions are defensive back Rayshaun Kizer (second, 5,234 votes) tight end Jason Jones (second, 2,485 votes), Mack linebacker Brandon Perkins (third, 1,730 votes), kicker Carlos Martinez (second, 2,550 votes), guard Christian Johnson (third, 1,975 votes) and center Brennen Carvalho (third, 2,015 votes).
Kizer, Martinez, Johnson, and Carvalho are not in the top spot at their respective positions despite being named to the All-Arena team after this past season.
One notable Soul player currently left out of the top three at his position is defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, who earned his second-consecutive All-Arena honor this season.
Fans can still vote on whom they want to participate in the game as voting ends Sept. 1. The teams will be officially announced Sept. 2