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Preseason Award Predictions by Memphis and Goal

The Awards

Most Valuable Player:  Awarded to the player we predicted to have the biggest impact on the team.

Offensive Player of the Year:  Awarded to the player who has the biggest impact on Offense

Defensive Player of the Year: Awarded to the player who has the biggest impact on Defense

Takeoff Player of the Year:  Awarded to the player that is the biggest surprise this season or a player who is the unsung hero of the team.

Top of His Flight Class Award:  Awarded to the player that makes the biggest impact under the age of 24.

 

The Preseason Predictions:

  MVP OPOY DPOY Takeoff Player of the Year Top of His Flight Class Award
Daniel

Abendroth

Christian Hackenberg

(QB)

Fabian Guerra

(WR)

Anthony

Johnson

(LB)

Cordon

Moog

(TE)

Corey

Vareen

(DE)

 

Isaac

Simpson

Christian Hackenberg

(QB)

Zac

Stacy

(RB)

Sam Montgomery

(DE)

Kayaune Ross

(WR)

Fabian Guerra

(WR)

Jefferey

Cox

Christian

Hackenberg

(QB)

Kayaune Ross

(WR)

Davis

Tull

(LB)

Fabian Guerra

(WR)

 
David

Connors

Zac

Stacy

(RB)

Fabian

Guerra

(WR)

Andrew

Jackson

(LB)

Anthony

Manzo-Lewis

(FB)

Demore’ea

Stringfellow

(WR)

 

Jeffery Cox

MVP- Christian Hackenberg – QB

We all know the story of Christian Hackenberg: the top-flight quarterback with all the intangibles and attributes to be a highly successful NFL talent. We also know that this isn’t quite the way his career turned out to be. Two seasons of holding a clipboard on the sidelines aren’t necessarily the way Christian Hackenberg saw his NFL tenure going. This kid has a chip on his shoulder and everything to prove. There is nothing I could tell you about him that a quick Google search couldn’t pull up, but that just adds more fuel to his fire. The second-round pick by the Express in the AAF QB draft could very well end up being the team MVP this season, if not the league MVP. This season is his canvas on which to show that he is still the football artist that everyone once saw.

 

Offensive POY – Kaiyuan Ross – WR

 The former junior college transfer from the University of Kentucky is my pick for Offensive Player of the Year for the Express this season. At 6’6” and 225lbs, Kayuane Ross is a big-bodied wide receiver who could become an immediate force in the Memphis offense. Though relatively unproven, Ross could use his physical attributes to climb the receiver ranks in both Memphis and the AAF. With the right coaching and work, he could become a monster red zone threat and a huge target and playmaker for the Memphis quarterbacks this season.

 

Defensive POY – Davis Tull – LB

At 6’3” and 239 pounds, Davis Tull will be transitioning to the linebacker position with the Memphis Express this season. Tull was a standout at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he was a force to be reckoned with at the defensive end position. While many tried to say that Tull was a product of a poor level of competition, the Express may have a star on their hands. A power rusher who is accustomed to getting after the quarterback, Davis has a high football IQ and outstanding moves that will propel him up the ranks in the AAF as an outside linebacker. Tull opened eyes at his NFL Combine with a showing of a 42.5” vertical and a 132” broad jump. Look for this hungry former Moc to give the Express quite the edge this season

 

Takeoff Player – Fabian Guerra – WR

As the Express prepare for takeoff just days before the inaugural season begins, wide receiver Fabian Guerra could very well be preparing for a takeoff of his own. The 6-foot slot receiver out of Fairmont State University has caught the attention of many in training camp. Guerra, the all-time leader in abilities. The D-II star made a huge splash in 2014 in a game against Concord when he dove through the air and made a twisting, turning, unbelievable catch over two defenders in route to a SportsCenter Top 10 play that would go on to be awarded NCAA Catch of the Year that season. If the Express is going to get their passing game firing this year, they will need a go-to possession receiver, and Fabian Guerra has what it takes to accept that role and soar above expectations.

 

David Connors

MVP: Zac Stacy

The Memphis Express have built a team for a gritty “pound the rock” style of football and Zac Stacy will be vital to the success of our strategy.  He has a quick first step, with a good cut.  If we have a successful season, it will be on the back of Zac Stacy.

 

Offensive Player of the Year: Fabian Guerra

Fabian was a late addition to the team but has been turning heads since his arrival.  He has quickly risen up many fantasy ranking lists.  His highlights from camp include a plethora of incredible catches and ankle-breaking routes.  As defenses creep up to try and contain Stacy, the Express will be looking to get the ball out quickly to Fabian in space.

 

Defensive Player of the Year:  Andrew Jackson

The traditional Mike Singletary defense is very similar to what is used by the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, or Philadelphia Eagles.  This style asks little of its defensive backs dropping them back in basic coverages while relying on strong front 7 play.  This requires lockdown linebacker play, and that will start with Andrew Jackson.  Jackson is a sideline to sideline threat who can pick out the running games as good as any linebacker.  I believe Singletary will rely on him to be the captain of the defense in the middle of the field, a role Jackson will thrive in.

Take Off Player of the Year:  Anthony Manzo-Lewis

Anthony Manzo-Lewis will be a vital part of the success of the Express offense.  As Memphis tries to grind out games, Manzo-Lewis will be clearing holes for the Running Back.  At 6’0” and 269lbs, Manzo-Lewis is built like a cinderblock.  During the scrimmage, he even showed off his versatility by catching a pass out of the backfield and taking it 29 yards.  He will be the unsung hero of this team.

 

Top of His Flight Class Award: Demore’ea Stringfellow

Demore’ea stands at 6’2” and has all the ability to be a prototypical outside receiver.  He probably is not the most known name coming out of camp, but I believe Stringfellow will be a week in, week out contributor to the Express offense with 1-2 deep attempts to him a game.  He will be called upon to stretch the defense and keep their safeties from creeping up towards the box.

 

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