XFL Press Release: ALL-XFL Defensive Players



DE - Shante Carver-- Memphis Maniax - 6'5" -- 265 lbs. 
Carver was one of the most dominating defensive players in the XFL. He led the Maniax with four sacks. His crushing hit on Orlando quarterback Jeff Brohm on March 4 was voted by XFL fans on XFL.com as the league’s “Hit of the Year.”

DE -- Kelvin Kinney -- Las Vegas Outlaws -- 6'6" -- 285 lbs.
"K2" led the XFL in sacks from start to finish and provided many of the league's most humorous moments with his unique brand of jawing with both opponents and teammates. Finishing the season with 10 sacks, Kinney joined S Brandon Sanders as the voice of the Outlaws' feared "Dealers of Doom" defense.
DT -- Angel Rubio -- Las Vegas Outlaws -- 6'5" -- 320 lbs.
DT Angel Rubio teamed with DT Carl Simpson, DE Antonio Edwards and fellow All-XFL DE Kelvin Kinney to limit opposing offenses to just 65.5 yards rushing per game, the fewest in the league. Rubio also consistently came up with key fumble recoveries, forced fumbles, tackles for loss and sacks to serve as the heart and soul of the "Dealers of Doom."
DT -- Christian Maumalanga -- New York/New Jersey Hitmen -- 6'3" -- 320 lbs.
The versatile Maumalanga was both a run-stopping force and a solid pass rusher for the XFL’s second-rated defense, recording 37 tackles (27 solo) and finishing second on the team with four sacks. He set an XFL record for most sacks in a game with three against Chicago in the Hitmen’s first win.

LB -- James Burgess -- Orlando Rage -- 5'11" -- 235 lbs.
Orlando's leading tackler with 57 total stops, he led the Rage in tackles-for-loss, with 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including 3.5 quarterback sacks and was also credited with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was forced out of playoff game with San Francisco with broken ribs in second quarter, but returned to play the final defensive series. Burgess had season-high 10 stops against San Francisco in Week Two.
LB -- Joseph Tuipala -- Las Vegas Outlaws -- 6'1" -- 225 lbs.
"Samoan Light" led the Outlaws' top-rated defense with 43 tackles and simply stunned opponents with his consistently outstanding play. Learning alongside two-time Super Bowl Champion Kurt Gouveia, Tuipala served notice on a weekly basis that the Outlaws defense could shift into a higher gear whenever necessary.
LB -- James Willis -- Birmingham Thunderbolts -- 6'2" -- 250 lbs.
The leading tackler in the XFL, Willis finished the season with 70 stops. Included in his final tackle totals were 10 tackles for loss. He also broke up six passes and recovered a fumble on the way to being voted by XFL fans as the XFL.COM defensive player of the year.
CB -- Damen Wheeler -- New York/New Jersey Hitmen -- 5'9" -- 185 lbs.
The ball-hawking Wheeler often drew his coverage assignment on the opponent’s best receiver, finishing with three interceptions and 13 passes defended while anchoring the XFL’s top-ranked passing defense. Despite his size, "Wheels" was a sure tackler, recording 42 stops (39 solo), third best on the Hitmen.
DB -- Corey Ivy -- Chicago Enforcers -- 5’8” -- 182 lbs.
Ivy led the XFL in interceptions with five and had two picks in week eight against Birmingham, when he was named XFL Defensive Player of the Week. He added 24 tackles from his corner back position and also became the Enforcers’ kick returner and finished the year averaging 21.2 yards per kickoff return.
FS -- Brad Trout -- New York/New Jersey Hitmen -- 6'1" -- 220 lbs
The hard-hitting Trout notched 47 tackles (41 solo) to accompany a pair of sacks, an interception, three passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovered on the season. He earned XFL Defensive Player of the Week accolades in Week Six, keying the Hitmen defense in a 20-12 win at San Francisco’s “Hell Hole.”
S -- Brandon Sanders -- Las Vegas Outlaws -- 5'10" -- 205 lbs.
Known league-wide as "B. Mack," Sanders pulled out of the gates early with four INTs in the first five weeks, ultimately finishing second in the XFL in that defensive category. Sanders earned a reputation as a heavy hitter and an even louder trash-talker, patrolling the defensive backfield with unbridled enthusiasm.
Jimmy Cunningham -- San Francisco Demons -- 5'8" -- 165 lbs. 
Considered by some to be the Demons’ most valuable player. Paced the team in receiving, scoring and return yardage. Returned the 11th kick of his professional career for a touchdown by zipping 63 yards with a New York/New Jersey punt. Including two post-season games, grabbed 59 passes for 526 yards and averaged 13.4 yards on 20 punt returns. Finished with 948 all-purpose yards.

K -- Jose Cortez -- Los Angeles Xtreme -- 5'11" -- 205 lbs.
Shook off a slow start to establish himself as the most dependable kicker in the league. Led the XFL in field goals made (20), field goal accuracy (80) and points (60). Enjoyed run where he made 17 of 18 attempts, including streaks of nine straight and eight straight field goals made. Topped year off with four field goals in "The Million Dollar Game," including his season-longest from 50 yards.
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