Raudabaugh, McGill and Thurman Earn Weekly Honors
Tuesday July 2, 2013
Washington also awarded for weekend’s highlights
CHICAGO – Philadelphia Soul QB DAN RAUDABAUGH has been awarded Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while San Antonio Talons NG TIM McGILL has been named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week and Philadelphia Soul WR ANDRAE THURMAN has been named J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 15 of the 2013 NET10 Wireless Arena Football League season. In addition to these awards, the AFL is also awarding the Cutters Catch of the Week and AFL Highlight of the Week. Pittsburgh Power WR MIKE WASHINGTON earned the Cutters Catch of the Week, while San Antonio Talons NG TIM McGILL was awarded the AFL Highlight of the Week.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Raudabaugh (6-3, 225, Miami Ohio) completed 25-of-28 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 66-57 East Division-clinching victory over the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 15. It was Raudabaugh’s fourth consecutive game without an interception and his seventh straight with a triple-digit passer rating.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
McGill (6-3, 300, Illinois) recorded three tackles, a key fourth quarter sack and blocked what would have been a game-winning Iowa field goal in San Antonio’s 35-34 victory over the Barnstormers in Week 15. The sack was the 37th of McGill’s career, tied for the second-highest total among active AFL players.
J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Thurman (6-0, 185, Arizona) caught seven passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 66-57 win at Cleveland this past weekend. Thurman also returned a kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown in the game. He will receive a timepiece crafted by J. Lewis Small for his efforts.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Washington (5-8, 175, Hawaii) set a new single-game franchise record with his fifth touchdown reception of the game in Pittsburgh’s 54-59 loss to the New Orleans VooDoo in Week 15. Washington displayed impressive concentration on a back shoulder pass over the head of VooDoo defensive back Cameron McGlenn to open the fourth quarter. He will receive a Cutters hat and shirt in recognition of the catch.
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
McGill (6-3, 300, Illinois) blocked an 18-yard Fabrizio Scaccia field goal attempt with 38 seconds left in the game to preserve San Antonio’s 35-34 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers. The block was McGill’s first of the season and the fourth of his career. With the win, the Talons moved into a tie for first place in the Central Division with the Chicago Rush.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Iowa’s Marco Thomas, Jacksonville’s London Crawford, Pittsburgh’s Mike Washington and Utah’s Jason Boltus.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Cleveland’s Brandon Anderson, Jacksonville’s Terrance Smith, Pittsburgh’s Chris LeFlore and Utah’s Antwan Marsh.
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week candidates included: New Orleans’ Quorey Payne, Orlando’s Prechae Rodriguez, San Antonio’s Brent Holmes and San Jose’s Huey Whittaker.
The Arena Football League is also awarding the AFL MVP of the Week, where fans are given the opportunity to select the winner. Candidates include Philadelphia QB DAN RAUDABAUGH, Pittsburgh WR MIKE WASHINGTON and San Antonio NG TIM McGILL. Fans will have 24 hours to vote on ArenaFootball.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 3. The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 4.
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game will air on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.