Dec. 16, 2009
UPDATE - University of New Mexico sophomore linebacker Carmen Messina has been named honorable mention All-America by both Sports Illustrated (SI.com) and Collegefootballnews.com. Messina, who led the nation with 162 tackles, was one of just two sophomore linebackers named to the CFN All-America defense.
Messina also received all-Mountain West Conference recognition from CFN, which listed him as the ninth-best player, regardless of position, in the league. Senior center Erik Cook and senior punter Adam Miller joined Messina on the CFN all-MWC team. Cook was rated the 20th-best player in the league while sophomore defensive end Johnathan Rainey was No. 30 on the list.
Messina finished the 2009 season tied for third on the UNM single season tackles list, recording the most stops since Brian Urlacher's national-leading and school record 178 in 1998. The Addison, Ill. product also had 8.0 tackles for loss, including 3.0 sacks, an interception and forced two fumbles in his first year as a full-time starter.
Clark Signs With AF1's Spokane Shock
The Arena Football 1 league was founded in 2009 to replace the indefinitely suspended Arena Football League. The league was formed with 16 teams: existing teams from the AFL and arenafootball2, an existing team from the American Indoor Football Association, and several new teams or markets. The league's first season will be in 2010, running spring through summer like the AFL and af2.