National Arena League Announces All-NAL Defenses

2018All NALDefense

Sharks and Cobras lead selections

ATLANTA, GEORGIA  – The National Arena League in its second season and most competitive season in league history has announced it’s 2018 All-NAL Defense. Players from all six teams fought to earn a spot on this prestigious list but ultimately the First & Second Team NAL Defensive spots are reserved for the elite. The Head Coaches and one Front Office person from each team made the selections.  Here is a look at who the defensive winners are for each position. The Carolina Cobras and Jacksonville Sharks are tied for first this season when it comes to the most players in First Team All-NAL Defense with a total of three players each, counting Special Teams. The Massachusetts Pirates are in third place with two players on First Team All-NAL Defense. For the Second Team All-NAL Defense, there is a four-way tie for first place, as the Carolina Cobras, Jacksonville Sharks, Massachusetts Pirates, and Maine Mammoths each have two players on Second Team All-NAL Defense.

First Team All-NAL Defense

Defensive Lineman: Dante Holmes (Lehigh Valley Steelhawks) - 27 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 33.5 total tackles, 19 tackles for a loss; 11 sacks; four pass breakups; four quarterback hurries; two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one touchdown; one blocked kick; six total points.

Defensive Lineman: Jermiah Price (Jacksonville Sharks) - 18 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 29 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss; 16.5 sacks; one interception for 0 yards; three pass breakups; three quarterback hurries; one forced fumble, one fumble recovery for four yards; five blocked kicks.

Defensive Lineman: John Griggs (Massachusetts Pirates) - 12 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 20.5 total tackles, nine tackles for a loss; 8.5 sacks; eight pass breakups; five quarterback hurries; one forced fumbles.

Mac Linebacker: Silverberry Mouhon (Jacksonville Sharks) - 14 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 22.5 total tackles, six tackles for a loss; seven sacks; four quarterback hurries; three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for 13 yards, one touchdown; six total points.

Jack Linebacker: Pasquale Vacchio (Carolina Cobras) - 26 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackle, 37.5 total tackles, one tackle for a loss; five interceptions for 73 yards, three touchdowns; three pass breakups; two fumble recoveries for 15 yards; 18 total points.

Defensive Back: Marvin Ross (Jacksonville Sharks) - 40 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 47 total tackles, one tackle for a loss; nine interceptions for five yards; 19 pass breakups.

Defensive Back: Kiante Northington (Massachusetts Pirates) - 55 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 63.5 total tackles; 12 interceptions for 132 yards, one touchdown; 18 pass breakups; one forced fumble; two fumble recoveries; six total points.

Defensive Back: Michael Green (Carolina Cobras) - 40 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles, 56.5 total tackles, two tackles for a loss; seven interceptions for 130 yards, one touchdown; 27 pass breakups; one fumble recovery for 15 yards; six total points.

Kicker: Craig Peterson (Carolina Cobras) - 88-of-110 (80%) PAT’s; 4-of-14 FG’s; 27 deuces; 154 total points.

Second Team All-NAL Defense

Defensive Lineman: Damien Jacobs (Jacksonville Sharks) - Nine solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 15.5 total tackles, four tackles for a loss; five sacks; two interceptions for five yards, one touchdown; one pass breakup; one forced fumble; four fumble recoveries; one blocked kick; one forced safety; eight total points.

Defensive Lineman: Toni Pulu (Carolina Cobras) - 11 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, 16.5 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss; four sacks, one interception for nine yards, one touchdown; four pass breakups; three quarterback hurries; one fumble recovery; one blocked kick; one forced safety; eight total points.

Defensive Lineman: Omari Manhertz (Carolina Cobras) - 12 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 19.5 total tackles, eight tackles for a loss; six sacks; one pass breakup; one quarterback hurry; three forced fumbles; four blocked kicks; two forced safeties; four total points.

Mac Linebacker: Nick Haag (Massachusetts Pirates) - 17 solo tackles, 31 assisted tackles, 32.5 total tackles, eight tackles for a loss; five sacks; five pass breakups; one quarterback hurry; one forced fumble; two fumble recoveries

Jack Linebacker: Charlie Hunt (Jacksonville Sharks) - 25 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 33.5 total tackles, three tackles for a loss; one sack; four interceptions for 93 yards, one touchdown; three pass breakups; one forced fumble; one fumble recovery; six total points.

Defensive Back: Chris Pickett (Columbus Lions) - 53 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 63.5 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss; four interceptions for 85 yards; 22 pass breakups.


Defensive Back: Keiron Jones
(Maine Mammoths) - 71 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 83 total tackles, two tackles for a loss; 10 interceptions for 100 yards, one touchdown; 22 pass breakups; six total points.

Defensive Back: John Hardy-Tuliau (Massachusetts PIrates) - 44 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 51 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss; six interceptions for 108 yards, two touchdowns; 10 pass breakups; one forced fumble; 12 total points.

Kicker: Henry Nell (Maine Mammoths) - 52-of-66 (79%) PAT’s; 12-of-27 FG’s; 11 deuces; one successful two-point conversion; 112 total points.

Tomorrow, the National Arena League will announce their 2018 All-NAL Offensive Team which will include the 1st & Second Team players that were chosen as the league’s best.

ABOUT NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE
The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. The National Arena League kicked off it’s second season in April 2018 with an expansion of three teams - the Maine Mammoths, Massachusetts Pirates, and the Carolina Cobras. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at chris@nationalarenaleague.com or Expansion Chairman Jeff Bouchy at jeff@nationalarenaleague.com. For more information about the NAL visit www.nationalarenaleague.com, facebook.com/nationalarenaleauge, twitter.com/NALfootball, Instagram.com/nationalarenaleague.

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