Senior Kyle Bates (Painesville/Thomas W. Harvey) was selected sixth in the second annual “1st In The Nation Draft”, conducted by the nine franchises of the American Indoor Football League (AIFL).
Bates was the first lineman selected and was claimed by the Cleveland Saints. He is the second Terrier ever picked, joining Josh Peacock, who was AIFL Rookie of the Year last season.
Bates took part in the USA Football Bowl in January and was selected to the AIFL from a pool of 95 participants.
The AIFL dates back to 2006, when it was knows as the American Indoor Football Association. There are nine franchises that include the Atlanta Sharks, Buffalo Lightning, Chicago Blitz, Cleveland Saints, Maryland Eagles, Saginaw Sting, Savannah Steam and the York Capitals.
Bates started all 10 games in 2014 for Hiram on the offensive line. He earned Honorable Mention All-NCAC honors for the second straight season.
The Terriers finished the season 5-5, with a 4-5 mark in the NCAC. The five wins were the most for the program since the 1988 season.