Ultiworld’s Club Awards 2022: Offensive Player of the Year (Men)

The players who have left defenses perplexed this season at club level.

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Ultiworld is pleased to announce our annual Club Awards. Although we consider both regular season and playoff performances, due to the nature of the club division, we prioritize success in the series and national championships. The Club Awards are voted on by Ultiworld journalists, contributors and editors.

Our awards continue with the Offensive Player of the Year, acknowledging the individual, and two finalists, who we believe have had the most impactful and productive seasons helping their teams score. They’ve set up goals, completed points and produced yardages at consistently high levels against top defenders.

Player of the Year Award
First team all clubs
Second team all clubs
Offensive Player of the Year Award
Defensive Player of the Year Award
Best Player of the Year Award
Coach of the Year Award
Distribution of votes for club awards

2022 Offensive Player of the Year

Jimmy Mickle (New York PoNY)

Jimmy Mickle of New York PoNY. Photo: Brian Canniff — UltiPhotos.com

The PoNY attack does not suffer from a lack of variety. On the contrary, they will blur looks and roles to make you dizzy. Is isolation drawing games for Harper Garvey? Chris Kocher in the backfield any points? Ben Jagt shoots long? Sean Keegan and Sam Little try a bit of everything? It was all in the versatile O-line’s playbook.

But all that off-speed stuff only works well if you have a damn fastball – if you have Jimmy Mickle.

It’s simple, really. Exhibit A: Nationals semi-final, Mickle gets the disc ten yards from the goal line on the backhand sideline and lands a forehand into the diagonally opposite back corner at the correct speed so the defender doesn’t Play B: Nationals Semi-Final, Mickle hair-trigger ends and unleashes a backhand as if driving the fairway at Winthrop Gold, he goes over the head of the deep defender before he only realizes he is up and falls into the catcher’s lap. Having a pitcher who can hit either, let alone both, of these shots completely changes the balance of the field. It is the simple corner that opens up the most elaborate possibilities.

Add in the signature headform that heralds the game’s most devastating upward move, and every fight against PoNY becomes a matter of exactly how much – not if, not how, not when – Mickle will beat you. It’s been so long that it seems like an eternal given – but it’s not a given for one individual to wield such influence on the playing field for so many years. It’s the rarest gift in sports. However long Mickle’s bounty spectacular lasted, we can all count ourselves lucky to have watched it once again this season.

Edward Stephens

First runner-up

Tyler Monroe (Washington DC Truck Stop)

Tyler Monroe of Washington DC Truck Stop. Photo: Kevin Leclaire — UltiPhotos.com

Call him Mister Automatic. For the second straight year, Tyler Monroe entered the national championships with a line of breathtaking efficiency: seven goals, 18 assists and a single turnover.1 A senior Six Sigma geek couldn’t make Monroe’s game leaner. There’s no fat left to cut.

What we have here is a fully optimized slice and dice scoring machine. There isn’t a brand in the division that could do anything against Monroe’s massive center near the goal line, let alone his all-angle backhand. And on a line with about a million quality resets, he even managed to stand out for his ability to stay open in the backfield. What year, what player. Monroe finished a hair’s breadth from first place in our voting – a minor accolade in the face of what was a terrific performance from one of the sport’s outstanding talents.

Edward Stephens

Second runner-up

Joe White (Chicago Machine)

Chicago Machine’s Joe White at the 2022 Pro Championships. Photo: Brian Whittier

Joe White is kind of a hybrid. Which is to say, not so much a hybrid in his position on the pitch, but in the sense that he plays as if he were the product of a genetic splicing experiment. Combine the backfield agility of Gus Norrbom, the powerful forehand of Markham Shofner, the speed of Alex Davis on a straight line to the end zone, the motionless backhand shot of Simon Montague, the control of the aerial rebound all Straight out of a 1970s freestyle promotional video: you end up with a Joe White-esque figure that still doesn’t quite match the authentic item.

Is it irresponsible to assume he is the preeminent attacking talent in football history? Probably, but it’s a mark of its quality that you certainly thought about it for a second. The final piece of the puzzle is that his only known kryptonite – himself – was rarely in range this season. All of this to say that in 2022, White was somehow even greater than the sum of his superpowers.

Edward Stephens

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