Davontae Merriweather, Arizona Rattlers, Defensive Player of the Year

Davontae Merriweather, Arizona Rattlers, Defensive Player of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year: Davontae Merriweather (DB, Arizona Rattlers)

Arizona Rattlers DB Davontae Merriweather has been named the 2019 IFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Building off a 2018 season in which he totaled 52 tackles, Merriweather (6'1,200, West Texas A&M) developed into one the IFL's preeminent defensive backs in 2019. Merriweather finished his 2019 campaign with 103 tackles, three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, four interceptions, one sack and 12 pass breakups. His 103 tackles led the IFL while his 12 pass breakups tied for second.

Merriweather's stellar defensive play helped fuel the Rattlers dominant defense this season and helped propel the team to their second United Bowl appearance.The Rattlers led the IFL in fewest points allowed per game (36.4), fewest pass yards allowed (134.5), interceptions (21) and defensive touchdowns (8). 

At the conclusion of the regular season, Merriweather was named a First Team All-IFL Defensive Back selection.