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Ruffin, Sanders Named To All-Arena First Team

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Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's top return man of 2014 on Wednesday (Photo: Spokane Shock) Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's top return man of 2014 on Wednesday (Photo: Spokane Shock)

by AFL Media Relations

CHICAGO – Eighteen players earned 2014 First and Second Team All-Arena Defense honors, the AFL Office announced today.

Headlining the First Team All-Arena squad at defensive end were James Ruffin, who led the League with 14 sacks as a member of the Spokane Shock, and Ted Jennings, who collected 11 sacks of his own with the Philadelphia Soul. San Jose SaberCats nose guard Jason Stewart, earned First Team recognition as well after collecting 12.5 sacks on the season.

First Team All-Arena Mac linebacker honors went to Beau Bell of the LA KISS, who finished his 2014 campaign with 12.5 sacks, while the First Team Jack linebacker was Tanner Varner, who led the Orlando Predators with five interceptions and four forced fumbles this season.

Marquis Floyd of the Arizona Rattlers, Varmah Sonie of the Portland Thunder and Marrio Norman of the Cleveland Gladiators were selected First Team All-Arena defensive backs. Floyd led the League with 13 interceptions, while Norman tallied a franchise-record 12 picks on the year. Sonie led all AFL rookies with nine interceptions and 25 pass breakups. Spokane Shock defensive back Terrance Sanders also earned First Team All-Arena honors as a kick return specialist. Sanders led the League with 1,687 kickoff return yards and five combined kick return touchdowns.

Nine more players earned Second Team honors, including: defensive ends Cliff Dukes of the Arizona Rattlers and Mike Lewis of the Iowa Barnstormers; Cleveland Gladiators nose guard Willie McGinnis; San Jose SaberCats Mac linebacker Francis Maka; Portland Thunder Jack linebacker Bryce Peila; defensive backs Cameron McGlenn of the New Orleans VooDoo, Kelvin Rodgers of the San Antonio Talons and Rayshaun Kizer of the Philadelphia Soul; and kick return specialist Larry Beavers of the New Orleans VooDoo.

First Team All-Arena Defense


DE James Ruffin, Spokane

DE Ted Jennings, Philadelphia

NG Jason Stewart, San Jose

MLB Beau Bell, Los Angeles

JLB Tanner Varner, Orlando

DB Marquis Floyd, Arizona

DB Varmah Sonie, Portland

DB Marrio Norman, Cleveland

KR Terrance Sanders, Spokane

Second Team All-Arena Defense


DE Cliff Dukes, Arizona

DE Mike Lewis, Iowa

NG Willie McGinnis, Cleveland

MLB Francis Maka, San Jose

JLB Bryce Peila, Portland

DB Cameron McGlenn, New Orleans

DB Kelvin Rodgers, San Antonio

DB Rayshaun Kizer, Philadelphia

KR Larry Beavers, New Orleans

Shock Teams Up With Salvation Army To Offer Backpack Backup

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SPOKANE, Wash. (Aug. 12, 2014) – The Spokane Shock and the Salvation Army will be partnering to pass out backpacks to children in need on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at 222 E Indiana Ave in Spokane, Wash.

The Backpacks for Kids event is the largest backpack distribution effort in the Northwest, with an estimated 5,000 backpacks to be distributed. Join Shock players, dancers, and front office staff as we help the Salvation Army in their effort.

The Salvation Army has been active in the Spokane community since 1891, serving more than 40,000 people every year. Founded in 1865 by William Booth, the Salvation Army is now present in 123 countries around the world and within the United States alone they provide assistance to nearly 30 million people annually.

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