Derek Rasmussen gets the start at QB for a big game at Bloomington on Saturday. Coach Ken Matous indicated that Alex Melugin still isn’t 100 percent healed from a sore shoulder. Rasmussen is 2-0 since taking over for Melugin.
Ball hawks: Bloomington leads the IFL in interceptions with 23. Matous said that Bloomington plays more man than most teams in the league. I haven’t seen Bloomington play, but I doubt any of their D backs can play man successfully agaisnt the Wild’s Clinton Solomon. Matous hinted that Bloomington hasn’t played the best competition the league has to offer.
Bringing the Payne back: Donald Payne finally returns this week, bringing more depth to an already solid WR corps. It will be interesting to see what the tall, athletic Payne can do against IFL competition.
At least the weather has been nice: I am apparently the only one who thinks this is an issue, but I find it extremely odd that the Wild is being forced to practice outdoors — because Hartman Arena, which was supposedly built for the Wild, isn’t available to the team. The Wild has arguably its biggest game on Saturday, and the team is conducting workouts at at Maize High School.
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Honors: The Wild dominated weekly honors. A team release follows:
The Indoor Football League (IFL) has announced that Wild linebacker LaMont Reid has been named Defensive Player of the Week and Wild kicker Dylan Pohlman has been named league Special Teams Player of the Week. Both players were honored for their performance in Wichita?s 39-29 victory over the Sioux City Bandits last Saturday. To view video highlights of the players, visit www.goifl.com.
Reid set a Wild franchise record for most tackles in a game with 13. That is also the second most tackles in a game in IFL history. Reid also forced a fumble and recovered an onside kick in the ball game. Reid leads the Wild in tackles this season with 55.5.
For the second week in a row the IFL recognized a Wild player as Special Teams Player of the Week. Randy Kelly won the award last week for his dazzling return ability and this week Dylan Pohlman won the award for clutch kicking. Pohlman was a perfect 4 for 4 on extra points, hit on 3 of 4 field goal attempts, and had two Rouges on kickoffs. In total, he was responsible for 15 of the 39 Wild points.