New quarterback Dixie Wooten worked out with the Wild for the first time on Monday. I plan to go to practice tonight to get a look at him. Coach Ken Matous usually deliberates much of the week before naming a starter; obviously, it would be a shock if Wooten isn’t the guy.
Assistant general manager James Bain has crunched the numbers and come up with some interesting stats involving workhorse running back Darius Fudge. Bain’s work follows:
In the world of indoor football gaining over 900 rushing yards in a season is a mark that very few have ever reached. Rushing for 30 touchdowns in a season is also very rare territory. Wichita Wild running back Darius Fudge could accomplish both of those feats this season. Fudge currently has 774 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns with two games to play.
In the history of indoor football only seven players have rushed for over 900 yards in a season. The last player to accomplish the feat was current Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson who ran for 1,388 yards for Sioux City in 2007. The highest rushing total on record is held by Birdie Dockery who ran for 1,603 yards for the Ohio Valley Greyhounds in 2002.
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Rushing for 30 touchdowns has only happened eight times. Birdie Dockery holds this record as he ran for 48 touchdowns in 2002. Marques Smith of the Sioux Falls Storm was the last player to rush for more than 30 TD?s. He ran for 32 in 2007. Also in 2007, Dan Alexander of the Nashville Kats ran for 41 TD?s.
Five players have run for 900 yards and 30 TD?s in the same season. They include Dockery, Jon Hall (2003- Lincoln 1,108 yards and 31 TD?s), Wes Cates (2004- Tri-Cities1,016 and 33), Rayshawn Askew (2004- Ohio Valley 1,047 and 31), and Fred Jackson (2007- Sioux City 1,388 and 36).
Fans can vote for Fudge for IFL MVP by logging onto www.goifl.com and clicking on the PLAYERS tab.