2017 IFL season
LeagueIndoor Football League
SportIndoor Football
DurationFebruary 16, 2017 – June 17, 2017
Number of teams10
Regular season
Season MVPCharles McCullum (Wichita Falls Nighthawks)
Playoffs
Intense championsArizona Rattlers
  Intense runners-upNebraska Danger
United championsSioux Falls Storm
  United runners-upIowa Barnstormers
2017 United Bowl
ChampionsArizona Rattlers
  Runners-upSioux Falls Storm
Finals MVPJustin Shirk (LB, ARI)
IFL seasons

The 2017 Indoor Football League season was the ninth season of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Playing with ten teams in two conferences spread across the midwestern and western United States, the league's regular season kicked off on February 16, 2017, when the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles hosted the Nebraska Danger. The regular season ended 18 weeks later on June 18, 2017, with the defending league champion Sioux Falls Storm visiting the Iowa Barnstormers and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks visiting the Nebraska Danger. The playoffs were held in two rounds, with the top two seeds in each conference playing against each other in the conference championships. The winner of those games met in the United Bowl.[1][2]

Teams

For 2017, the IFL maintained its two-conference, no-divisions format, with each of the ten teams playing 16 games during the 18-week regular season. The Billings Wolves and Tri-Cities Fever announced their suspension of operations for the 2017 season, maintaining hope of a return for 2018.[3][4] In their place, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (owned by Project FANchise, with fans controlling every aspect of the team) were accepted into the IFL as an expansion team,[5] and the Arizona Rattlers joined the IFL after having played the last 24 seasons in the Arena Football League.[6]

Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined Head Coach
United Conference
Cedar Rapids Titans Cedar Rapids, Iowa U.S. Cellular Center 6,900 2012 2012 Marvin McNutt
Green Bay Blizzard Green Bay, Wisconsin Resch Center 8,600 2003 2010 Chris Williams
Iowa Barnstormers Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 15,181 1995 2015 Dixie Wooten
Sioux Falls Storm Sioux Falls, South Dakota Denny Sanford Premier Center 10,678 2000 2009 Kurtiss Riggs
Wichita Falls Nighthawks Wichita Falls, Texas Kay Yeager Coliseum 7,380 2013 2015 Billy Back
Intense Conference
Arizona Rattlers Phoenix, Arizona Talking Stick Resort Arena 15,505 1992 2017 Kevin Guy
Colorado Crush Loveland, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 5,289 2007 2009 Jose Jefferson
Nebraska Danger Grand Island, Nebraska Eihusen Arena 6,000 2011 2011 Hurtis Chinn
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles West Valley City, Utah Maverik Center 10,000 2016 2017 Matthew Sauk
Spokane Empire Spokane, Washington Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,771 2006 2016 Adam Shackleford

Standings

Playoffs

Semifinals 2017 United Bowl
      
I2 Nebraska 36
I1 Arizona 62
I1 Arizona 50
U1 Sioux Falls 41
U2 Iowa 32
U1 Sioux Falls 66

Awards

Players of the week

The following were named the top performers during the 2017 season:

Week Offensive
Player of the Week
Defensive
Player of the Week
Special Teams
Player of the Week
1[7] Charles McCullum
(Nighthawks)
Rashard Smith
(Storm)
Trey Wafford
(Danger)
2[8] Verlon Reed
(Screaming Eagles)
Robert Brown
(Empire)
Tyler Williams
(Nighthawks)
3[9] Derrick Bernard
(Danger)
Tyree Robinson
(Empire)
Tanner Graeber
(Nighthawks)
4[10] Trevor Kennedy
(Empire)
Javicz Jones
(Barnstormers)
Jamal Miles
(Rattlers)
5[11] Charles Dowdell
(Empire)
Manny Asprilla
(Blizzard)
Carlton Watkins
(Storm)
6[12] Mike Tatum
(Storm)
John Hardy-Tuliau
(Empire)
Joshua Gable
(Danger)
7[13] Charles McCullum
(Nighthawks)
Nikolas Sierra
(Danger)
Spencer Groner
(Crush)
8[14] Cody Sokol
(Rattlers)
Javicz Jones
(Barnstormers)
Justin Syrovatka
(Storm)
9[15] Darrell Monroe
(Rattlers)
DaeJohn Love
(Barnstormers)
Marcus Barnett
(Titans)
10[16] Liam Nadler
(Crush)
Eze Obiora
(Danger)
Trevor Kennedy
(Empire)
11[17] Darrell Monroe
(Rattlers)
James Calhoun
(Screaming Eagles)
Tyler Williams
(Nighthawks)
12[18] Travis Partridge
(Barnstormers)
Tyler Knight
(Storm)
Tyrell Pearson
(Blizzard)
13[19] Tre' Parmalee
(Titans)
Khalif Mitchell
(Storm)
Sawyer Petre
(Rattlers)
14[20] Travis Partridge
(Barnstormers)
Justin Shirk
(Rattlers)
Chris Robinson
(Screaming Eagles)
15[21] Brady Roland
(Barnstormers)
James Calhoun
(Screaming Eagles)
Rockne Belmonte
(Nighthawks)
16[22] Drew Powell
(Danger)
Jamie Bender
(Barnstormers)
Tyler Williams
(Nighthawks)
17[23] Brady Roland
(Barnstormers)
Allen Chapman
(Rattlers)
Miles Bergner
(Crush)
18[24] Drew Powell
(Danger)
Rashard Smith
(Storm)
Miles Bergner
(Crush)

Individual season awards

Award Winner Position Team
Most Valuable Player Charles McCullum Quarterback Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Offensive Player of the Year Charles McCullum Quarterback Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Defensive Player of the Year Javicz Jones Linebacker Iowa Barnstormers
Special Teams Player of the Year Tyler Williams Kick returner Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Offensive Rookie of the Year Verlon Reed Quarterback Salt Lake Screaming Eagles
Defensive Rookie of the Year Trey Wafford Defensive back Nebraska Danger
Most Improved Award Travis Partridge Quarterback Iowa Barnstormers
Adam Pringle Award Jack Bramswig Wide receiver Green Bay Blizzard
Coach of the Year Dixie Wooten Head coach Iowa Barnstormers

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1st Team All-IFL

Offense
Quarterback Charles McCullum, Wichita Falls
Running back Darrell Monroe, Arizona
Wide receiver Jordan Jolly, Wichita Falls
Brady Roland, Iowa
Damond Powell, Cedar Rapids
Offensive tackle Darius Savage, Nebraska
Lamar Mady, Arizona
Center Rashad Mungro, Sioux Falls
Defense
Defensive line J. D. Griggs, Spokane
Ra'Shawde Myers, Iowa
Chris McAllister, Arizona
Linebacker Javicz Jones, Iowa
Defensive back Trey Wafford, Nebraska
Allen Chapman, Arizona
Rashard Smith, Sioux Falls
James Calhoun, Salt Lake
Special teams
Kicker Rockne Belmonte, Wichita Falls
Kick returner Tyler Williams, Wichita Falls

2nd Team All-IFL

Offense
Quarterback Travis Partridge, Iowa
Running back Tyler Williams, Wichita Falls
Wide receiver Kyle Kaizer, Colorado
Devin Mahina, Salt Lake
Marquel Willis, Green Bay
Offensive tackle Kyle Bryant, Sioux Falls
D'Angelo McCray, Iowa
Center Damian Love, Arizona
Defense
Defensive end Eze Obiora, Nebraska
Claude Davis, Sioux Falls
Walter Thomas, Wichita Falls
Linebacker Tyler Knight, Sioux Falls
Defensive back Jamie Bender, Iowa
Matt Hermanson, Sioux Falls
John Hardy-Tuliau, Spokane
Manny Asprilla, Green Bay
Special teams
Kicker Sawyer Petre, Arizona
Kick returner Daniel Lindsey, Colorado

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