Cory Ross Wins UFL Offensive Player of the Year; Trufant, Novak, Fassel Honored
Cory Ross, running back of the Sacramento Mountain Lions, was named the 2010 UFL Offensive Player of the Year. Isaiah Trufant, cornerback of the Las Vegas Locomotives, was named the Defensive Player of the Year and Nick Novak, kicker for the Florida Tuskers, garnered the Special Teams Player of the Year.
Ross had three games of 10 catches each to set a new league standard, carried the ball 25 times in Week 6 at Florida and ripped off a 75-yard run in Week 9 at home against the Omaha Nighthawks. His 56 catches during the season destroyed the previous mark of 27.
The former 5-foot-6, 200-pound Nebraska running back, Ross played in all eight games for the Mountain Lions this fall, recording 443 yards and a touchdown on his 56 catches and 435 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on 121 carries. His 878 yards from scrimmage is a new UFL single-season record.
Ross completed his second UFL season after spending two seasons (2006-07) with the Baltimore Ravens.
Trufant was one of the top cornerbacks in the UFL. His 4 interceptions in 2010 are a league record, 4 pass breakups, a sack and 26 total tackles.
Prior to his stint in the UFL, Trufant played in the Arena Football League with the Kansas City Brigade (2007) and Arizona Rattlers (2008), and in arenafootball2's Spokane Shock in 2006.
Novak thrived in his first season in the UFL, so much that an NFL team reportedly sought after him. He hit 15 of 18 field goals and all 24 extra point attempts for a league-record 69 points. He connected on a league-record 54-yard field goal in Week 1 vs. Las Vegas, and had a league-record four field goals and 15 points in Week 4.
A veteran, Novak also has played with the Washington Redskins (2005-06), Arizona Cardinals (2005) and Kansas City Chiefs (2008) and the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe (2007).
Lastly, Jim Fassel earned Coach of the Year honors. The former New York Giants coach led the Locomotives to a 5-3 final record. The Locos clinched a championship berth after week seven.
"I spent 19 years in the NFL, 14 years in college coaching, and this is as enjoyable an experience as I have ever had," said Fassel. "This is good football. This league is going to be around for a while."