Hoffman Estates, IL – The Chicago Slaughter is pleased to announce the signing of 2012 IFL Defensive Player of the Year Ameer Ismail (6’2” 240 pounds) to the 2013 roster. The Slaughter has also signed former Ohio State Buckeye Zach Slagle (6’2” 330 pounds) to play offensive line this season.
Ismail, an alumnus of Western Michigan University, will join the Slaughter after spending the 2012 season with the Bloomington Edge. With Bloomington, Ismail put together one of the best defensive seasons ever as he set the IFL record for tackles in a season with 167 in twelve games. Ismail was also all over the field compiling 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a safety. Ismail has been a defensive terror throughout his career dating back to his time at Western Michigan where he was the MAC Conference defensive player of the year in 2006. Ismail holds numerous records at Western Michigan and also holds the NCAA record for sacks in a game with six. In 2006, he was named an All-American by College Football after leading the nation in sacks (17) and tackles for loss (26.5).
Zach Slagle was a reserve lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2006-2009 playing both guard spots as well as center. He was a walk on at Ohio State and eventually earned some time at guard for the Buckeyes. He played a major role on scout teams for four Big Ten Championship teams. Slagle was named the Workhorse Player of the Week twice, in 2007 against Illinois and 2008 against Wisconsin. He spent time in 2012 with the Florida Tarpons and played overseas.