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Khreem Smith Named AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year

Courtesy: Baltimore Brigade Media

BALTIMORE – The Arena Football League announced today that Baltimore Brigade DL Khreem Smith has been named 2017 AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. The six-year AFL vet and former Oklahoma State Cowboy recorded nine sacks this season, tied for most in the league among defensive linemen, to go along with two forced fumbles and a pass deflection.

“Khreem did an outstanding job getting after the quarterback this season,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “He’s shown, over the course of his career, that he is one of the best pass rushers this league has ever seen – and this season’s performance only solidifies that notion.”

“Khreem did an outstanding job getting after the quarterback this season,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said Click To Tweet

In six AFL seasons, Smith has amassed 115 total tackles, 13 forced fumbles and 36 sacks, which rank 23rd on the league’s all-time list. His nine sacks in 2017 were a career high, outdoing the eight sacks he recorded as a rookie in 2006.

The Baltimore Brigade is owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the AFL’s Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news, is also owned by MSE. Follow the Brigade on Facebook at facebook.com/baltimorebrigade, on Twitter at twitter.com/bmorebrigade, and on Instagram at instagram.com/bmorebrigade.

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