The Indoor Football League is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 IFL MVP and IFL Coach of the Year.
IFL MVP: Sioux Falls Storm QB Chris Dixon (6’0, 200, Humbolt St. ) has been named the 2012 IFL MVP of the Year. This is Dixon’s third MVP award. He previously won the award in 2009 and 2011. Richmond’s Bryan Randall won the award in 2010.
A veteran of the indoor game Dixon showcased his incredible accuracy and big play ability all season long as had one of greatest seasons in IFL history. Dixon led the Storm to an undefeated (14-0) regular season; a first in IFL history. He also set IFL records in pass efficiency (133.3), completion percentage (74) and passing yards (3,321). In addition, Dixon led the IFL in touchdown passes with 67.
As a duel- threat QB, Dixon also finished second in the League in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with 711 and 30, respectively. He also led the IFL in yards per rush with 6.0. Dixon finished the 2012 regular season with 97 total touchdowns. Since joining the Sioux Falls Storm in 2011, Dixon has the Storm to an unblemished home record of 18-0. Dixon was also selected as the IFL Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.
Dixon is set to play in his fourth IFL Conference Championship, against the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday, June 30 at 7:05 p.m. CT.
IFL Coach of the Year: Green Bay Blizzard Head Coach Robert Fuller has been named the 2012 IFL Head Coach of the Year. In his first year with Green Bay, Fuller led the Blizzard to an impressive 11-3 regular season in 2012. This is Fuller’s second consecutive IFL Coach of the Year award. He was awarded IFL Coach of the Year in 2011 as Head Coach of the Fairbanks Grizzlies.
Known as a defensive mind, Fuller’s defense has set the tone this season. Green Bay’s defense allowed an IFL- low 206.6 yards per game and also forced a League-leading 40 turnovers. Seven of those turnovers directly resulted in defensive touchdowns.
Fuller also brings a more traditional take on offense to the IFL as evidenced by the Blizzard’s run-first approach. The Blizzard led the League in rushing with 1,458 yards. 1,040 of those yards were by RB LaRon Council. Under Fuller’s guidance, Council became the first Indoor Football League player to rush for 1,000 yards, an extreme rarity in indoor football. The Blizzard’s special teams unit was second in the IFL in kick return yards and managed to return five kickoffs for touchdowns, good for second in the League.
"I would like to thank our young men, assistant coaches, and our support staff, in particular Assistant Head Coach Chad Baldwin, who is more deserving of the award than I am. Coach of the Year awards are awarded due to the effort of everyone involved in the program, not the efforts of one individual,” Fuller stated.
Coach Fuller was also selected for the IFL’s Adam Pringle award on Tuesday. The Adam Pringle award is given to the player or coach who exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community.
All awards were determined through a coaches’ vote.