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2007-08-17

2007 Player Profiles

2007 Season Review Player Profiles

1-Magic Benton, WR (Univ. of Miami): Magic Benton once again had a dominating season for the Firecats. Benton ranks among the best receivers in the af2 at 4th in receiving yards, 8th in receiving yards/game, and 10th in the league in receptions. Magic was honored as the Schutt Offensive Player of the Game in week 12 against Manchester. Benton became the af2’s 1st player to score 1000 career points. Benton is the leagues most prolific receiver holding records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. He is the only player that was featured on the Firecats’ original roster.
Offense Opponent Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 16 Games 2 4 2 2 .7 117 1658 14.1 29 45 103.6



3-Levy Brown, DB (FAMU): Levy is experiencing one of the most impressive seasons by any defensive player in af2 history. Ball-carriers have been hunted out by Levy all season and his record-breaking year has proved that true. In week 15 Levy set a new af2 single season record for tackles, finishing 2nd in the league with 132.5. He led the league in tackles and interceptions for much of the year. On top of all that, Levy was voted ADT Defensive player of the game 6 times throughout the season. He set a franchise record for interceptions in a season with 14, nearly breaking the league’s all-time record.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 16 Games 112 41 132.5 1.5-2 0 14-142 27 0 1 3 0 0



11-Brent Burnside, WR/DB (Missouri-Western): Burnside is closing out his 8th season in af2 and is among the top 10 in career interceptions. Burnside has always had a knack for making big plays at key times during the game and finished 2nd on the team with 5 interceptions. He is truly a face of the Firecats.
Offense Opponent Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 15 Games - - - - - - 24 268 11.2 6 48 20.6


Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 15 Games 18 3 19.5 1.0-2 - 5-24 - - - - - -



24-Matt Burstein, WR/KR (Arkansas): Burstein was acquired by the Firecats after the season started and has been a nice addition to the kick-returning game. The five-year vet and 2004 Offensive Player of the Year has played well as a kick returner and has been a great compliment to Firecats game.

Return Opponent KickRet Yds Avg TD Long FGRet Yds Avg TD Long
Total 3 Games 13 181 13.9 0 29 - - - - -






63-Terrence Chapman, DE (N.C. State): Terrence Chapman played in seven games for the Firecats this season and has gained valuable experience from a team full of veterans.

Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 7 Games 9 7 12.5 2.5-7 .5-4 - 1 1-0



21-Clenton Crossley, FB/MLB (USF): Crossley led the Firecats in rushing in’06, but then spent the first part of the af2 season with the Arena Football team, Tampa Bay Storm. He came back to Ft. Myers late in the season and has made an impact on both sides of the ball.
Offense Opponent Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 6 Games 7 12 1.7 2 5 2.0 - - - - - -


Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 6 Games 6 9 13 4.0-9 1.0-2 - 1 - - 1 - -



73-Antonio Dingle, NT (Virginia): This was Dingle’s 3rd year with the Firecats. A quick 1st step and penchant for creating havoc in the backfield, he is an impact player who helped the team rack up a franchise record 31 sacks.

Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 7 Games 10 3 11.5 4.5-21 4.5-21 - - 1 - 4 1 -



12-Keith Drayton, NT (Georgia): Drayton has become a quarterback’s nightmare, putting pressure on many passers throughout the 2007 season. Drayton powered his way through the offensive line and put constant pressure on af2 quarterbacks all season long, which has helped the Firecats rank as one of the league’s best defensive units.

Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 12 Games 12 11 14.5 5.5-20 6.5-20 - 1 2 - 1 1 -



96-Comone Fisher-TE (Ole Miss): In his 5th season with the Firecats, “Big Skills” has shown that he is much more for the ‘Cats than just a blocker for the quarterback. Fisher played much of the season at tight end, coming up big and making bigger catches at times for the South Division Champions.
Offense Opponent Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 15 Games - - - - - - 9 31 3.4 4 8 3.9



34-Wallace House, FB (Fordham): One of the league’s leading rushers, Wallace House was a vital part for the Firecats in their quest for the playoffs. He is ranked 7th in the af2 in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and yards per attempt. He ran for a league high 91 yards and 4 TD’s in a victory over Tennessee Valley.
Offense Opponent Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 11 Games 63 239 3.8 12 39 21.7 - - - - - -


56-Raymond James, C (Texas A&M; Kingsville): In his 3rd season with the team, Raymond James held up his part of the offensive line by keeping Chris Wallace off his back and off the turf. James anchors an offensive line that is tops in the league in sacks allowed, with just 10 on the year.


8-Tyronn Johnson, DE (FAMU): Johnson was the Firecats’ all-time single season sacks leader entering the 2007 campaign. Tyronn has not seen as much playing time as he did in his stellar season in 2003, but still holds his own and does his part in his playing time to help the Firecats.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 5 Games 2 6 5.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0



50-Brad Kunz, G (Univ. of Miami): Brad Kunz sports a 6-foot 7-inch, 307-pound frame to help him protect QB Chris Wallace, and the sheer size and strength of Kunz provides an automatic advantage over most defensive linemen. Kunz, who started all 16 games, showed his wide range of skills in the 7th game of the season in South Georgia as he caught a 4-yard touchdown pass.


2-Chris McKinney, WR (Guilford College): A new addition to the Firecat offense this season was Chris McKinney. Chris came from division foe South Georgia, but already had chemistry with QB Chris Wallace from playing in Cape Fear together, and that chemistry carried over to the Firecats this season.
Offense Opponent Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 16 Games 13 68 5.2 5 49 4.2 95 1067 11.2 19 46 66.7



10-Jon Peattie, K (Univ. of Miami): The revolving door at the kicker position this season finally came to a halt when Jon Peattie came onto the scene. The Miami Graduate proved that he deserved the starting position, immediately showing the team that he could come up big and make kicks that mattered. Peattie holds many kicking records at his alma mater, U of M.
Kicking Opponent FGM-FGA Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Long Blk PAT-ATT Pts
Total 5 Games - - - - - - - - - 32-38 32



44-Alfred Peterson, DE (Rutgers): Peterson has been a hellacious defender for opposing offenses in 2007. It seems like he has been wherever the ball is, not only on passing and running plays, but in the backfield as well. He recorded 9 sacks, setting a new Firecats single-season record.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 15 Games 40 16 48 13.0-58 10.0-58 - 6 - - 3 1 1





90-Seth Ream, DL (Ohio University): Much like his former college and current professional teammate, Brad Kunz, Seth Ream is a large task for opposing teams. Ream is listed at 6-feet 6-inches tall, weighing in at 255 pounds. Ream plays middle linebacker and disrupts quarterbacks, using his height to block the view of the field and his size to punish ball carriers.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 9 Games 16 13 22.5 1-4 - - 4 1 - 1 - -



4-Ethenic Sands, WR/LB (Univ. of Miami): Sands returned to the Firecats for his third season, his first was being a part of the championship of the 2004 team. Ethenic plays the part of Wide Receiver and Linebacker, with the ability to create space with his speed downfield and cover over the middle, which makes him a dual threat. Adding to his talents, he serves as the Firecats emergency quarterback, the position he was originally recruited for by the University of Miami.
Offense Opponent Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 15 Games 2 4 4 0 4 .4 98 1196 12.2 24 40 79.7


Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 15 Games 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 2-0 1 0 0



9-Quincy Sorrell, DB (Nicholls State): Quincy “Q-Dog” Sorrell has another title to ad to his name other than the af2’s all-time leading tackler—Firecats’ Fan Favorite. During one of the last home games of the season, Sorrell was voted by the fans as their favorite Firecat player. Sorrell is having another fine season at defensive back, finishing the regular season 9th in tackles, bringing his intensity to the field and punishing receivers that come his way.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 16 Games 79 27 92.5 1.0-1 1.0-1 - 8 - - - - -



6-Tony Stubbs, DB (Kansas): Playing alongside Quincy Sorrell and Levy Brown is first-year Firecat Tony Stubbs. Stubbs picked up the arena game quickly and made an immediate impact intercepting 2 passed in week 1. Stubbs has proven himself to be a formidable defensive back in the af2.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 16 Games 47 16 55.0 - - 3-23 3 - 3 - - -



22-Kris Thomas, JLB (FIU): The Firecats’ International Player filled in nicely this year as a both a linebacker and occasional defensive back for the ‘Cats. Thomas spent his college career at FIU and brought his skills to the team this year making many game changing plays.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 9 Games 10 19 19.5 1-1 - 2-39 - - 1 1 - -




7-Chris Wallace, QB (Toledo): Chris Wallace had another stellar season, ranking toward the top of nearly every individual statistical categories while leading his team to their 4th straight division. Wallace finished the regular season as the af2’s 2nd most efficient QB and the 2nd highest passer rating. Wallace set a new franchise passing record and nearly broke another in the final game of the regular season.
QB Opponent Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Long Avg/G Rush Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Total 16 Games 348-534-7 65.2 4257 85 48 266.7 17 10 .6 6 8 .6



5-Greg Walls, DE (USF): Greg Walls has proven that he can put significant pressure on opposing quarterbacks finishing 2nd on the team with 5.5 sacks helping the Firecat defense rank among the best in the league.
Defense Opponent UT AT Total ForLoss Sacks-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH FR FF BlkKick Saf
Total 13 Games 10 14 17 6-24 5.5-21 - 1 2 1-12 1 1 -








Other record info:

The Florida Firecats are one of the arenafootball2's most successful franchises. The Firecats have made the playoffs in each of the past six (6) seasons, the 2nd longest streak in the af2. Florida won the Arenacup in 2004, the American Conference Championship in 2002 and 2004 and the South Division Championship in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Since their inaugural season in 2001, Florida has a combined regular season record of 74-38 and a 9-4 post season record.

Florida Firecats Head Coach Kevin Bouis earned his 40th coaching victory in Florida’s 55-44 win over the Alabama Steeldogs this past weekend. Bouis is the af2’s 11th coach to earn 40 career wins, and one of only three to hit the mark in just their 3rd season at the helm.

Florida Firecats quarterback Chris Wallace set a new franchise passing record and nearly broke another in the final game of the regular season. Wallace finished the regular season with 4,257 passing yards, 339 more than the team record of 3918 that he tossed in 2006.

He also set a new single game record throwing for 377 yards in last weeks playoff loss braking the team’s single game passing record of 349 yards, previously held by Jason Cue from 2001.

Florida Firecats receiver Magic Benton became the arenafootball2’s 1st player to score 1000 career points. Benton is the league and Firecats’ most prolific receiver holding records for receptions (578), receiving yards (7,683), and touchdown receptions (163). He is the only player to have played with the Firecats since their inaugural season in 2001, starting in Florida’s 1st game. Earlier in the year he became the arenafootball2’s (af2) 1st player to score 900 points in a career on May 7th.

Florida Firecats Defensive Back Levy Brown set a new arenafootball2 single season record. Brown began the night with 116 tackles, needing just 6 to break the previous record of 121.5 set by William Haith in 2005. Brown had that many at halftime finishing the night with 126 tackles and still has 1 game left to play this season. Brown also finished the season with 14 INT’s. 2nd highest in af2 single season history and a new Firecats single season team record.

Alfred Peterson set a new Firecats single season record for sacks with 9. The record was previously held by Tyronn Johnson (7.5 in 2003) He finished the season with 13 tackles for a loss as well.