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4 Arena/CFL Players to Keep an Eye On

127 passing touchdowns to just 11 interceptions - is the Arena Football League MVP a player to watch?

127 passing touchdowns to just 11 interceptions - is the Arena Football League MVP a player to watch?


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1. QB Nick Davila, Arizona Rattlers (AFL)*
The fact that Davila threw 127 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 66.5% of his passes in 2014 merits some attention. He completed 19-of-25 passes for 237 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception in the 2014 AFL Championship game, leading the Rattlers to 72-32 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators. He was the AFL MVP for the second time in his career in 2014 after previously winning the award in 2011. Davila was in training camp with the Cleveland Browns after going undrafted out of Cincinnati, but was cut before the end of training camp. He has been in the AFL since.

2. LB Solomon Elimimian, BC Lions (CFL)
Elimimian has been dominant in the Canadian Football League since his rookie season in 2010. He was the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2014, becoming the first defensive player to win the award. He was also named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. Elimimian led the CFL in tackles (143) and had 54 more tackles than any other player in the league. He has appeared in the NFL with the Bills, Browns and Vikings.

3. DE James Ruffin, Spokane Shock (AFL)
Ruffin may be a familiar name for Buccaneer fans. The 27-year-old signed with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2010 after his collegiate career at Northern Iowa, but was released shortly after the conclusion of that summer's training camp. He was re-signed by the Buccaneers on August 5 of last season and cut on the 21st of the same month. Ruffin was also briefly on the Bengals' roster. He had the most successful season of his career this past season with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. He led the league in sacks (14), was named to the All-AFL first-team and won the league's Defensive Lineman of the Year award.

4. S Jamar Wall, Calgary Stampeeders (CFL)
The former Texas Tech safety is young and has experience playing in the NFL. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft but was waived before the end of training camp. He was picked up by the Texans shortly after being cut by the Cowboys and played in the Texans' season opener, but was let go in late September. He also saw live game action with the Eagles. In 2014, he led the CFL in interceptions with six.


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