The Midstates Football League awards banquet was a huge success. The banquet had over 110 players, coaches, owners in attendance. During the banquet the league award winners were announced for the 2011 season. Congratulations to all of the award winners!
The 2011 Award recipients are listed as follows:
2011 MSFL Most Valuable Player: Jeremy Hibbeln (QB, Indiana Generals)
The MSFL is proud to announce the 2011 M.V.P, Jeremy Hibbeln. Hibbeln is no stranger to success in the game, coming off of a 2010 championship run; Hibbeln was looking to bring in a second. In the 2011 Regular Season alone, Hibbeln registered 2,044 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. A well deserved award Jeremy has led his team through a 9-2 season.
Coach of the Year: Bill Kalas (Roscoe Rush)
Coming into his 8th year of coaching and sixth year as Head Coach of the Roscoe Rush, Kalas has performed above and beyond in 2011, leading his team to the top of the western division and back-to-back MSFL Championships. The Rush finished 11-0 in MSFL play.
Offensive Player of the Year: Dejuan Self (WR, Indiana Generals)
Dejuan Self was named the 2011 MSFL Offensive Player of the Year. With his exceptional statistics 38 catches for 780 yards, and 11 touchdowns, Self has proven himself to be a top offensive threat in the MSFL.
Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Ankley (DL, Lake Geneva Generals)
Defensive Player of the Year Justin Ankley has made his mark on defense in the 2011 season. Registering 13 sacks on the season Ankley has been a devastating pass rush to any team who was in the General’s path this season. A well-deserved award, Ankley as a DL has recorded 51 tackles, 25 tackles for loss on the year as well.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Julie Harshbarger (K, Roscoe Rush)
Harshbarger broke the MSFL record for most PAT’s in a season by making 28 out of 29 attempts. She also tacked on 5 field goals, giving her 43 points on the season.
Rookie of the Year: Bryant Pascascio (RB, Chicago Mustangs)
Bryant Pascascio has been a great addition to the Mustangs team, leading them to a 4-4 record and their second western conference championship. Pascascio in his first year has placed himself at the top of the return game in the MSFL. Bryant has recorded 200 yards rushing in the regular season alone and 2 touchdowns, not to mention his kickoff and punt return yards reeling in a total of 711 yards and 3 touchdowns. This also marks the 3rd consecutive year the Mustangs have had a player named MSFL Rookie of the Year.
Executive of the Year: Derek Diehl (Lake Geneva Generals)
Derek Diehl is no stranger to semi-pro football. Diehl started the first year Lake Geneva Generals in 2011 and they finished 7-2. As a first year team the Generals won the Northwest Division with a 7-1 record, and qualified for the MSFL playoffs
Franchise of the Year: Roscoe Rush
The Roscoe Rush was named the Franchise of the Year for the second consecutive year. The Rush has compiled a 21-1 record over the last two seasons, and has won Back-to-Back MSFL Championships.