West Michigan Ironmen ink Lakeland QB Michael Whitley

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Former Divison 3 All-Star Quarterback Michael Whitley has been inked by the West Michigan Ironmen. Whitley, a fearsome offensive talent in NCAA D3, will fit right in with the ridiculously good Ironmen. The WMI finished unbeaten last season in the MPIFL, and they haven’t skipped a beat this season.

In their March 9th opener this season, they crushed the Illinois Renegades, 95-0. The Ironmen have outscored their two opponents by an overwhelming combined 163-6 margin. It took more than 80 minutes of play for an opponent to get on the scoreboard against them this season.

“A BIG thank you to my family and everyone that supports me,” said Whitley on Facebook. “I love you dearly! Also, a BIG thank you to the entire West Michigan Ironmen Organization for making this happen! I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I am ready for the challenge!”

Michael Whitley, who played High School ball in his home state of Louisiana, had to make an adjustment when he committed to Lakeland University in Wisconsin. He has played across the United States, and overseas in Germany. Along the way, Whitley was a three-time NACC conference player of the year award winner. Not once, but twice, Whitley was tabbed the (2015, 2017) Private College Player of the Year.

The quarterback threw a total of 25-interceptions during his time at Lakeland. A minuscule clip of error when weighed against his astonishing 123-total-touchdowns. He was unstoppable through the air and on the ground. He threw 91-touchdowns and rushed in for another 32. A stateline that is more than most running backs could ever dream of achieving during their collegiate careers. Along the way to those scores, he passed for just shy of 10,000 yards- graduating with 9,345-passing-yards and 1,690-rushing-yards. This paired for a grand total of 11,035-yards.

The Muskies offense finished his final year ranked in the top 10 in Division III in six team categories and five individual ones. This was highlighted by a second-place finish in the nation in total offense averaging 552.9 yards per game, second to only Oklahoma and Baker Mayfield. Lakeland’s offense was so powerful behind his arm and legs, that it set new NACC single-season records for rushing yards and passing yards.

School and conference records the scrambler set included most passing touchdowns in a game, when he had seven against Adrian on October 7th of 2017. He also set the record for most pass completions in a game when he had 48 against Hope on September 16th of 2017. He also has the longest pass in school history. The longest pass came when Whitley tossed a 99-yard touchdown score to Jamal Hawkins-Sconiers while they were playing Carroll on September 2nd of 2017. Whitley was an 11-time NACC Player of the Week award winner and three-time NACC Offensive Player of the Year award winner.

Whitley played a season for the Bremerhaven Seahawks. The harbor city in Germany bolstered a population near 100,000. When Whitley arrived, Bremerhaven was 0-3. He took over as the starting quarterback, and the Seahawks won their next three games and finished the season at 7-7. The passer finished with 2,500 passing yards, 700 rushing and 31 total touchdowns in his single season.

He now plays for a Michigan based franchise for the first time. The Midwest Indoor Football League has been strong and steady for over a decade, and should provide a good platform for his talents.

Remaining West Michigan Ironmen 2019 Regular-Season Schedule:

West Michigan Ironmen @ Chicago Aztecs
Regular Season MPIFL Contest
Date
: April 13th, 2019 | Time: TBD ET
Location: Aztec Field – Berwyn, Illinois

West Virginia Roughriders @ West Michigan Ironmen
Regular Season MPIFL Contest
Date
: April 19th, 2019 | Time: 7:15 pm ET
Location:L.C. Walker Arena – Muskegon, Michigan

West Michigan Ironmen @ Indianapolis Enforcers
Regular Season MPIFL Contest
Date
: April 27th, 2019 | Time: TBD ET
Location: Sport Zone Field – Indianapolis, Indiana

West Michigan Ironmen @ Chicago Aztecs
Regular Season MPIFL Contest
Date
: May 4th, 2019 | Time: TBD ET
Location: Aztec Field – Berwyn, Illinois

Chicago Aztecs @ West Michigan Ironmen
Regular Season MPIFL Contest
Date
: May 18th, 2019 | Time: 7:15 pm ET
Location: L.C. Walker Arena – Muskegon, Michigan

Indianapolis Enforcers @ West Michigan Ironmen
Regular Season MPIFL Contest
Date
: June 1st, 2019 | Time: 7:15 pm ET
Location: L.C. Walker Arena – Muskegon, Michigan

This article cites information from the West Michigan Ironmen. Media in this article is courtesy of WMI and Lakeland University. For more high school, college and pro sports- like our page on Facebook.

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