AAF Stat Leaders
We are two weeks into the inaugural Alliance of American Football season, and there has been some separation in some of the statistical categories after an amazing week of football. We have three teams at 2-0, and one of those teams had both the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.
Let’s take a look at the individual categories:
After throwing for nearly 400 yards in a come-from-behind victory over the San Antonio Commanders, Garrett Gilbert of the Orlando Apollos was named AAF Offensive Player of the Week. He is also leading the league in most passing categories, with only John Wolford‘s six touchdown passes eclipsing his four. Also, aside from those two plays, the quarterback play has been less than stellar up and down the league, but that should continue to improve as the season goes on.
By quarterback rating (using the NFL formula), here’s how the ten qualifiers (minimum 20 pass attempts) stack up currently (stats courtesy of AAF.com game reports; quarterback rating via author calculation):
After not seeing a back rush for over 100 yards during week 1, we had two backs over the century mark this week. Ja’Quan Gardner of the San Diego Fleet ran for 104 yards (and two touchdowns), while Zac Stacy of the Memphis Express ran for 101 yards (and a touchdown). Trent Richardson from the Birmingham Iron leads the league in rushing touchdowns with three, but he still hasn’t cracked the century mark in rushing yards despite leading the league in carries. A paltry 2.4 yards per carry hasn’t really helped his cause.
Here’s the current top 10 in rushing yards:
Charles Johnson of the Orlando Apollos was the primary recipient of Garrett Gilbert’s record-breaking night. He caught seven passes for 192 yards, averaging 27.4 yards per catch. He also added his first touchdown on the season, and had some critical catches that extended some Apollos’ drives. Rashad Ross of the Arizona Hotshots leads the league with three touchdown receptions.
Here’s the current top 10 in receiving yards:
The AAF continues to be a defense-first league for the most part, and there were three defensive touchdowns cored over the weekend. DeMarquis Gates of the Express continues to lead the league in tackles with 18 (16 solo), and three other players have over 15 tackles of their own. Karter Schult (Salt Lake Stallions) and Shaan Washington (Commanders) lead the league with three sacks a piece.
Keith Reaser (Apollos) was named the Defensive Player of the Week after his late interception return for touchdown turned out to be the winning points in that victory against the Commanders. The Apollos have now had the Defensive Player of the Week the first two weeks of the season, after Reaser’s teammate Terence Garvin won the honor last week.
Week 2 Power Rankings
After two games, we have three teams that have clearly separated themselves from the others, though that could all change this week. Both 1-1 teams reside in the Western Conference, while the two bottom teams are in the East.
Here’s how we envision the league at the moment:
- Orlando Apollos (2-0)
- Arizona Hotshots (2-0)
- Birmingham Iron (2-0)
- San Antonio Commanders (1-1)
- San Diego Fleet (1-1)
- Salt Lake Stallions (0-2)
- Atlanta Legends (0-2)
- Memphis Express (0-2)
Only eight 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…