Benson's big night spurs Soul victory
LAS VEGAS (April 15, 2017) – The defending ArenaBowl champion Philadelphia Soul picked up right where they left off at the end of last season, kicking off their 2017 campaign in style with a 56-52 triumph over the Tampa Bay Storm. This wasn't the sharpest day through the air of Dan Raudabaugh's career, but he got a huge assist from Mykel Benson along the way.
Benson, playing in his first game with the Soul, logged 17 carries for 25 yards. That might not look like a heck of a lot on the stat sheet, but the big man was crucial in short yardage situations and helped salt away the game in the fourth quarter.
The 17 carries was a huge workload by AFL standards. To put this in comparison, the two games in Week 1 of the season featured a total of just 25 rushing attempts. No team had more than seven carries, and no player had more than four rushes.
Last season, there were just three examples of games in which a player had at least 10 rushing attempts. The last time a player had more than 16 rushing attempts was in 2012 when Derrick Ross carried the ball an AFL record 21 times.
The 17 carries represented the fourth most in League history. Dan Alexander had 19 in a game playing for Nashville in 2007 against Kansas City, while later in the season, he had 18 rushes against Las Vegas.
Most Rushing Attempts in a Game in AFL History
Derrick Ross (Philadelphia) – 21 at Cleveland, May 27, 2012
Dan Alexander (Nashville) – 19 vs. Kansas City, April 21, 2007
Dan Alexander (Nashville) – 18 at Las Vegas, June 10, 2007
Mykel Benson (Philadelphia) – 17 at Tampa Bay, April 15, 2017