Stanley, Ruffin, and Smith earn weekly honors
Tuesday May 12, 2015
Solomon and Stevenson also awarded for weekend’s highlights
CHICAGO – San Jose SaberCats quarterback Nathan Stanley has been awarded Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while Spokane Shock defensive end James Ruffin has been awarded Riddell Defensive Player of the Week and Spokane Shock quarterback Warren Smith has been awarded J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 7 of the 2015 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. The Cutters Catch of the Week has been awarded to Las Vegas Outlaws wide receiver Clinton Solomon, while the AFL Highlight of the Week has been awarded to Philadelphia Soul defensive back LaRico Stevenson.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stanley (6-4, 225, Southeastern Louisiana) looked to be in playoff form already despite making his first start of the season in Week 7. The second-year signal-caller completed all but two passes in San Jose’s 61-28 victory over the Las Vegas Outlaws, throwing for 242 yards and seven touchdowns along the way.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ruffin (6-4, 265, Northern Iowa) continued his stellar defensive play in Week 7, recording 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in Spokane’s 68-46 victory over the LA KISS. The reigning AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year has collected at least one sack in each of the last four games.
J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Smith (6-1, 200, Maine) made quite a first impression in his AFL debut last week, guiding the Shock to a 68-46 victory over the LA KISS. He completed 23-of-29 passes for 313 yards and six touchdowns through the air to go along with one more score on the ground. He also led the Shock to a perfect conversion percentage in the red zone, going 4-for-4 on the night.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Solomon (6-4, 210, Iowa) made a juggling grab for a 33-yard touchdown in the Outlaws’ 28-61 loss to the San Jose SaberCats in Week 7. Though the fourth quarter score was Solomon’s only trip to the end zone in the game, he finished the night with 100 receiving yards on six catches. He will receive a Cutters hat and shirt in recognition of the catch.
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Stevenson (5-11, 205, West Georgia) made a spectacular play on the ball for his first of two interceptions in Philadelphia’s 62-48 victory over the Orlando Predators in Week 7. In the third quarter of Friday’s win, the sixth-year defensive back made a diving catch off a deflected fourth down pass in the end zone to give possession and momentum back to the Soul.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s B.J. Coleman, Jacksonville’s Prechae Rodriguez, Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh, and Spokane’s Warren Smith.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Marquis Floyd, Jacksonville’s Alvin Ray Jackson, Philadelphia’s James Romain, and San Jose’s David Hyland.
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week candidates included: Cleveland’s Collin Taylor, New Orleans’ Roger Jackson, Philadelphia’s Marco Thomas, and San Jose’s Reggie Gray.
The Arena Football League is also awarding the MVP of the Week, where fans are given the opportunity to select the winner. Candidates include Arizona Rattlers quarterback B.J. Coleman, San Jose SaberCats quarterback Nathan Stanley and Spokane Shock quarterback Warren Smith. Fans will have 24 hours to vote on ArenaFootball.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 13. The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 14.
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. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire 2015 season. This season will also be the first with Scott C. Butera leading the way as Commissioner. The AFL schedule culminates with ArenaBowl XXVIII Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.