AFL 2015 Season Preview (Part V): Playoffs and Award Predictions

March 6, 2015 • Ben Heck • Arena Football League, Front Page, Predictions, Preseason, Preview

The 2015 Arena Football League season kicks off at the end of the month, so this is the perfect time to preview the upcoming season. Here’s the fifth and final part of our five-part 2015 AFL Season Preview series, centered around our Arena Football League playoff and regular season awards predictions for the upcoming season:

Regular Season Award Predictions:

MVP: Tommy Grady, Sharks QB
Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Davila, Rattlers QB
Defensive Player of the Year: James Ruffin, Shock DL
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Year: Virgil Gray, SaberCats DB/KR
Rookie of the Year: Greg Reid, VooDoo DB
Wide Receiver of the Year: Dominick Goodman, Gladiators WR
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Michael Huey, Rattlers OL
Defensive Lineman of the Year: James Ruffin, Shock DL
Linebacker of the Year: Beau Bell, Soul LB
Defensive Back of the Year: Virgil Gray, SaberCats DB
Kicker of the Year: Carlos Martinez, Soul PK
Coach of the Year: Aaron Garcia, Outlaws (rookie HC)

Playoff Predictions

American Conference

1. Jacksonville Sharks (South)
2. Cleveland Gladiators (East)
3. Orlando Predators
4. Philadelphia Soul

National Conference

1. Arizona Rattlers (West)
2. San Jose SaberCats (Pacific)
3. Spokane Shock
4. Las Vegas Outlaws

First Round

#1 Sharks over #4 Soul
#3 Predators over #2 Gladiators

#1 Rattlers over #4 Outlaws
#3 Shock over #2 SaberCats

Conference Finals

#1 Sharks over #3 Predators
#1 Rattlers over #3 Shock

ArenaBowl XXVIII

#1 Sharks over #1 Rattlers

Kevin Guy and Nick Davila’s Rattlers make it to their fifth consecutive ArenaBowl, but fall short of a four-peat against Les Moss and Tommy Grady’s Sharks, who also happened to beat Arizona in the ArenaBowl in 2011. It would be Moss’ fifth ArenaBowl championship as a head coach (1990, 1998, 2000, 2011) and his second at the helm of the Sharks.

Check out our entire Division-by-Division previews here:


Photo: Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer

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