Tavarres blooms into tackling machine

Myke Tavarres (4), a Nebraska Danger linebacker, pursues a teammate at an April 4, 2018 practice (KHGI)

Only five games into his indoor football career, Danger Linebacker Myke Tavarres has already developed into one of the best defensemen in the entire league.

Following the Danger's latest win over the Barnstormers, Tavarres now leads the IFL in both solo (26) and total (46.0) tackles, averaging 9.2 a game. Against Iowa, the rookie had seven tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble he also forced, earning his second IFL defensive player of the week award.

"The back end, we now have Myke who can kind of fill the bridge," said first-year head coach Mark Stoute. "Sometimes he's tied into the secondary in our cover two schemes, and sometimes he's used to blitz back into the front. So he actually has a duel roll responsibility."

Despite almost hanging up his cleats last season after playing one year in the Canadian Football League, it seems Tavarres may have found his calling indoors.

"It was really, ‘Do I love the game, did I still want to play, did I still want to go ahead and lift and you know watch film. And all the things that go into playing football,'" said Tavarres. "Did I still want to do those things? Part of me was saying no, I'm ready to transition to coaching, but I got a call from Shack, the offensive coordinator and he said hey if you want to play more football, we'd love to give you the chance to come out here and play.

Behind the dominance of Tavarres, the Danger lead the league in tackles per game with a 45.8 average and are second best in yards allowed at 202.0.

The Mean Green is back at it this Saturday taking on the Sioux Falls Storm, kick–off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Heartland Events Center.

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