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Tennessee Valley's season is over after a disppointingfinish in the first round of the af2 playoffs. However, the Vipers were awarded eight spots on the All-af2 team in the American Conference.
Blanchard, who split time at defensive back and linebacker, was third on the team in tackles, but led the Vipers in interceptions with five.
Grier, the second-year man out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, earned All-af2 honors for his performance in the last 11 games of the season.
He led the Vipers in virtually every receiving category. With over 1,000 yards receiving and 23 touchdowns, Grier was the Vipers top statistical receiver.
Six others were named to the second team. Quarterback Kevin Eakin, center Lorenzo Breland, lineman Germayle Franklin, defensive lineman Eric Scott, linebacker Tyrell Elston, and defensive back Desmond Foster were named to the second team.
Eakin was super during his second season at the helm for the Vipers. He set a Vipers single season touchdown pass record with 85 and threw just six interceptions all year long.
Breland and Franklin anchored an offensive line that gave up just 11 sacks and kept the pressure off Eakin for the entire season.
Eric Scott was once again the heart of the Vipers defense, recording just six sacks against opponents this season, Scott was not as dominate, but he pressured quarterbacks into a lot of bad throws as well this season.
Elston was virtually a practice player all season last season, but stepped right into the role left vacant by RaJohn Myles and played tremendously. He recorded 3.5 sacks and 29 total tackles, most of those on kickoff coverage, where he was the first man down field almost every kickoff.
Desmond Foster succeeded his impressive play in the 2008 playoffs by leading the Vipers in tackles once again. He also had 20 pass break ups and two interceptions.
Unfortunately, the Vipers will not repeat as Arena Cup champions, but the Vipers put a tremendous product on the field each and every week and deserve the support of Huntsville for seasons to come.