AAF Stat Leaders
The first weekend of the American of Alliance Football (AAF) has come and gone, and while we are still trying to figure out who is going to be great (we have a favorite team), we can take a look at the league leaders after one game to see how things are shaping up.
Our passing leader after one game is quarterback John Wolford of the Arizona Hotshots. Among qualifiers (passers with at least 20 attempts), he currently leads the league in all three passing categories, with 275 yards, four touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 139.3 (out of 158.3). This performance was enough to earn Wolford the inaugural Offensive Player of the Week award for the AAF.
By quarterback rating (using the NFL formula), here’s how the eight qualifiers stack up currently (stats courtesy of AAF.com game reports; quarterback rating via author calculation):
We did not see a 100-yard rusher during Week 1 action, and we saw less than 900 yards total between all eight teams. The nominal rushing leader, based on rushing yards, is Akeem Hunt of the Orlando Apollos, who managed 73 yards on 10 carries (7.3 ypc) with a long of 31 yards. No touchdowns for Hunt this week, but it wasn’t needed as the Apollos defeated the Atlanta Legends 40-6.
Here’s the current top 10 in rushing yards:
We had a couple of receivers going over 100 yards during the opening weekend, with Quinton Patton of the Birmingham Iron leading the way with 107 yards on four receptions (26.75 ypc)… but no touchdowns. Not far behind was Rashad Ross of the Hotshots, who caught five John Wolford passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Here’s the current top 10 in receiving yards:
Combined, the teams scored 153 points, or an average of about 19 points per team. Three players scored twelve points each, while the rest of the league is bound to catch up (or the AAF could continue to be a defense-first league. Also, teams should sign kickers named Nick because two of the top four scorers this week were kickers named Nick, with a third – Nick Folk of the Arizona Hotshots – netting two field goals of his own.
Here’s the top scorers in the league through one game:
Defense ruled opening weekend for the most part, with three clubs scoring six points or less. The leading tackler over the weekend was DeMarquis Gates of the Memphis Express, who led with 10 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss and adding two forced fumbles. Two players – Jonathan Massaquoi (Birmingham) and Shaan Washington (San Antonio Commanders) – notched two sacks.
Terence Garvin (Orlando) was the only player with two interceptions, and he returned one 51 yards for the only defensive touchdown scored during opening the opening weekend. Combined with his eight tackles, this was enough for Garvin to be named as the inaugural Defensive Player of the Week in the AAF.
(Way too early) Power Rankings
It’s hard to differentiate the teams this early in the season, but we’re going to do it anyway.
The top club had to be the Orlando Apollos, who scored the most points and had the largest point differential (+34) of the weekend. At the bottom, we have the Memphis Express, who were the only club to not score during the inaugural weekend.
Here’s how we envision the league at the moment:
- Orlando Apollos (1-0)
- Birmingham Iron (1-0)
- Arizona Hotshots (1-0)
- Salt Lake Stallions (0-1)
- San Antonio Commanders (1-0)
- San Diego Fleet (0-1)
- Atlanta Legends (0-1)
- Memphis Express (0-1)
Only nine more weeks to go and it should be exciting! Be sure to check back in this weekend to see what we think about this weekend’s slate of games.
Until next time…