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2012 Awards


DB #4 Larry Preston


Offensive Line

Defensive Back, Larry Preston is this year's "Defensive MVP".

In perusing the Orlando Rage defensive statistics the name "Larry Preston" won't particularly stand out. And the fact that he doesn't stand out is EXACTLY why Larry is unique.

Larry has been with the Rage since before the Rage was actually the "Rage". In the early years the current Rage were the "Orlando Starz" of the United Football League. Over the roughly 10 seasons, Larry has been a constant and irreplaceable part of the Rage defensive backfield. This fact has not gone unnoticed as opposing teams gameplan AWAY from Larry's side of the field.

Also, given the youth and inexperience in the Rage Defensive Backfield, Larry is a de facto "coach on the field" assisting with calls and adjustments. Larry has been a constant and integral fixture in the Rage defense and, as in years past, he continues to excel.

LARRY PRESTON, Defensive MVP of 2012

In 2012 the Orlando Rage offense amassed almost 400 points and ended up just shy of 5,000 total yards (4,970), 1,500 more yards than the next closest competitor.

Also the Rage had the league-leading rusher in Levi Raines (1,272 yds), the leading passer, Kyle Israel (2,310 yds and Pass Eff. Rating of 141.1), and Nakeem Pittman (33 rec, 10 tds and 25.1 yard avg per reception), and other offensive weapons.

The glory always seems to go to the lower jersey numbers; 5, 7, 12, etc. But without the "ugly numbers" there'd be no scoring.

This season's "Offensive MVP" goes to the Orlando Rage Offensive line.

Anchored by C Ty Abney and flanked by Chip Babley, Clif Nichols, Dwight Gifford, Shawn Clingan, John Altomare, Larry Califar, Scott Gearhardt, Adam Lanagham, and Robert Morgan the Rage ran and passed their way to the post season.

CONGRATULATIONS to the "Big and Uglies" for their often overlooked efforts!




#24 Jerrel McCoy

#27 Sheldon Lovelace

Jerrel McCoy came to the Rage as a rookie this season at a time when the defensive backfield was in turmoil. The Rage were searching for a new Defensive Coordinator and a defensive backs coach. The Rage were also looking to replace several defensive backs who "graduated" to the ranks of the Pros and college.  Jerrel immediately stood out.

Since first taking the practice field in November, Jerrel has worked himself from being identified by the players and staff as "number 24" to Jerrel the "REAL" McCoy.

In his rookie season Jerrel has accounted for 27 solo tackles, countless assists, 15 pass break ups and one "pick six". After a big play Jerrel acts like the professional that he is-he goes back to the huddle to prepare for the next play.

What's more, Jerrel works for Orange County Public Schools as a classroom instructor to middle schoolers.

It's his quiet leadership and solid performance that make him ORLANDO RAGE DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.

With a deep history of running backs with names of Raines, Slater, Rivers, Thomas, Scott, Boston and Cummings, it's difficult to be noticed in the Orlando Rage backfield. This season a new name appeared; Lovelace.

Sheldon Lovelace came to the Rage officially as a "Rookie" to the league, but not as a first-timer in amateur football. Despite his experience early in the season Sheldon didn't get many carries.

With Levi Raines suffering a mid season injury and Rashad Cummings signing a professional contract, Sheldon found his chance. And he took it!  Sheldon managed three games with over 100 yards total rushing and against the X Men garnered 211 yards. Also he managed six touchdowns on the season.

Rage Running Backs coach Jose Bonilla commented that Sheldon was "the best kept secret" of the first half of the season.

Sheldon's work-ethic and contributions make him ORLANDO RAGE OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.