Mambas Receive Award Votes
In a season where you only win one game out of fourteen, awards are not usually expected to be won, and even votes for them are hard to accumulate. Despite this, the Mambas had three players feature prominently on voting ballots, with Vorschlaghammer and Chong grabbing second place spots and Jakobsen coming home with the Fullback of the Year award for the second season in a row.
Taktischer Vorschlaghammer gained votes in the Offensive Rookie of the Year voting due to a strong season with 1233 yards on 73 receptions for 16.9 yards per catch, along with 6 touchdowns. He was a main cog in the young Mambas offense, giving fellow rookie Vince Carswell a primary target, and showing that he is already a number one capable receiver in the EFL. Vorschlaghammer was unfortunately barely edged out by Jeff Downey, who put up around 150 more yards (albeit on 24 more receptions) and scored five more touchdowns than Vorschlaghammer, coming away with all of the first place votes.
Evenging Chong was a frontrunner for the Kicker of the Year award, mostly due to a perfect season where he did not miss a single kick for the Mambas. Chong even managed a 50 yarder to put up his longest converted kick of the season, showing he has more than just accuracy. Chong received three first place votes, but narrowly lost out to Diana Gunner, who was 22/22 on field goals and 44/46 on extra points, with a stunning 61 yard field goal giving a high point for her season. Chong could compete with Gunner on accuracy, but unfortunately lacked the volume of attempts and had a -11 yard difference in the longest field goal conversion.
Finally, Thormund Jakobsen came away with another Fullback of the Year award after a 45 pancake season with zero sacks allowed, landing way ahead of Robert Hunter and A.A. Goat, who had 18 and 12 pancakes respectively (with Hunter also giving up a sack). With 285 receiving yards on the season, Jakobsen also led fullbacks in that category by almost 100 yards, although Goat did manage 2 more touchdowns. Hunter was the best rushing fullback, but his limited usage in the running game and relatively low yard total dampened that strength, leaving Jakobsen as the best all-around fullback in the league last season. Jakobsen looks poised to continue this award winning streak with a lack of non-filler fullbacks in the league, so watch out for him on the awards list next season as well.
Overall, the Mambas managed to salvage a bit out of a rough season by developing some players that have the potential to be some of the best their position has to offer in the coming seasons. Now, with a stacked draft class of Rock Lemington, Easton West, Hunter Higgins, Antonio Gonzalez, Lorrence Longfingers and Mikey 2 Dope coming into the squad, and sophomore quarterback Vince Carswell building on his progress over his rookie season, this team has an even greater chance of winning some more awards in Season 18. Look out for the Defensive and Offensive Rookie of the Year categories in particular with all of these top rookies coming in.