Atlanta Hustle handler Dylan Tunnell, who led the team to its first playoff appearance and postseason win, has won the 2016 AUDL Most Valuable Player Award. Tunnell joins Jonathan Helton ('12 & '13) and Beau Kittredge ('14 & '15) as the only other MVP winner in league history.
One of the best throwers in the game, Tunnell finished the 2016 regular season second in the league with 66 assists, and led the Hustle with 472 completions at 93 percent rate. The 32-year-old is also underrated for his downfield receiving prowess, reeling in 18 goals and often using his big frame to create mismatches downfield.
Tunnell continued his stellar play into the playoffs, notching eight assists, 91 completions, two goals, and just five turnovers in Atlanta's two postseason games. His ability to engage the entire field with his throws helped push the Hustle past their archrivals from Raleigh in the first round before succumbing to the eventual league champion Dallas Roughnecks in the South Division final.
In 26 games as a professional, Tunnell has compiled 122 assists, 940 completions on 1,013 attempts, and 34 goals in 589 points played.
MVP Finalist Voting Results
1. Dylan Tunnell
2. Jimmy Mickle
3. Mischa Freystaetter
4. Mark Burton
5. Peter Graffy