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Tulsa Lineman, Chicago Kicker Earn All-AFL Honors

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Tulsa DL Gabe Nyenhuis tallied 21 unassisted and 11 assisted tackles on the season (Photo: AFL) Tulsa DL Gabe Nyenhuis tallied 21 unassisted and 11 assisted tackles on the season (Photo: AFL)
Chicago kicker Chris Gould hit 93 percent of his extra point attempts this year (Photo: AFL) Chicago kicker Chris Gould hit 93 percent of his extra point attempts this year (Photo: AFL)

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Tulsa's Gabe Nyenhuis was named the AFL's Lineman of the Year, while Chicago's Chris Gould was selected as the Kicker of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday.

Gould, in just his first season in the AFL, hit 133-of-121 extra point attempts and 11-of-15 field goals, pushing him to the top of the league in points scored kicking with a grand total of 146.

His 93% consistency in extra point attempts is tied for No. 2 in the league, while his kicking points per game average of 9.1 is No. 1. Gould's season was also the best season ever for a Rush kicker, setting team single-season records for scoring for a kicker (146), extra points made (113), extra points attempted (121) and consecutive PATs converted (35) in his first season with the team.

Nyenhuis, a defensive end for Tulsa, tallied impressive numbers to help the Talons reach the playoffs in their first season in the resurrected league.

While Nyenhuis (6-4, 260, Colorado) tallied 21 unassisted and 11 assisted tackles on the season, it was the quarterback that was his favorite target. He nabbed a spectacular 15.5 sacks on the season, breaking the previous sack record of 15 set by Greg White (Orlando) in 2007.

Additionally, Nyenhuis made 13 tackle-for-losses, a league high. He was also credited with four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and nine forced fumbles in his standout year.

Nyenhuis is no stranger to the indoor game. He has played arena football for three seasons, including a season with the 2008 ArenaBowl Champion Philadelphia Soul, where he recorded 9.5 sacks on the year and was named to the Second Team All-Arena team.

In the past, Nyenhuis has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Soul and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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