Champions Indoor Football recently announced their 2016 season-award winners and a member of the Salina Liberty has been recognized.
Return specialist Isiah Barfield was named the Special Teams Player of the Year, an honor reserved for the player who offers the greatest contribution to his team on special teams.
In 12 games, Barfield returned 57 kicks for 1,201 yards (a CIF league record) and 3 touchdowns. He averaged 21.1 yards per return. Barfield’s longest return of the season went the length of the field for 50 yards.
The league also announced the following 2016 season-award winners:
- Darlene Jones Franchise of the Year: Texas Revolution
- Executive of the Year: Charlie Hildbold, Texas Revolution
- Coach of the Year: Victor Mann, Texas Revolution
- Most Valuable Player: Robert Kent, Jr., Texas Revolution
- Best Fan Base: Omaha Beef
- Best Cheerleaders/Dance Team: Mesquite Marshals & Omaha Beef
- Best Game Operations: Texas Revolution
- Best Community Relations: Amarillo Venom
- Best Media Relations: Mesquite Marshals
- Offensive Player of the Year: Robert Kent, Jr., Texas Revolution
- Defensive Player of the Year: Marion Lobban, Sioux City Bandits
- Special Teams Player of the Year: Isiah Barfield, Salina Liberty
- Rookie of the Year: Derrick Bernard, Dodge City Law