Purify, McAdoo, and Hyland earn weekly honors
Wednesday August 12, 2015
Windsor and Brown also awarded for weekend’s highlights
LAS VEGAS – San Jose SaberCats wide receiver Maurice Purify has been awarded Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while Arizona Rattlers defensive end Mike McAdoo has been awarded Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, and San Jose SaberCats Jack linebacker David Hyland has been awarded J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 20 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 also been awarded to Arizona Rattlers wide receiver Rod Windsor, while the AFL Highlight of the Week has been awarded to Orlando Predators nose guard Austin Brown.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Purify (6-4, 230, Nebraska) accounted for six total touchdowns, hauling in three touchdown passes and rushing for three more scores, in the SaberCats’ 60-38 victory over the LA KISS in Week 20. In three games with the team this season, the former All-Arena receiver has totaled 14 receptions for 195 yards and six touchdowns.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
McAdoo (6-7, 250, North Carolina) registered two sacks, three quarterback hurries, a blocked kick, and a batted pass in the Rattlers’ 67-39 victory over the Portland Thunder in Week 20. The AFL Rookie of the Year candidate finished the regular season with 11 sacks, the most ever by a first-year Rattler.
J LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Hyland (6-0, 190, Morehead State) led the SaberCats with 5.5 tackles and found the end zone twice in San Jose’s 60-38 victory over the LA KISS last week. The veteran Jack linebacker returned a blocked PAT for a score and took an interception 47 yards for a touchdown in the win.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Windsor (6-2, 205, Western New Mexico) turned a routine hitch route into a touchdown reception for the highlight reels in the Rattlers’ 67-39 victory over the Portland Thunder last week. Arizona’s all-time leader in receiving yards made multiple Thunder defenders miss as he zigged and zagged for a 25-yard score to close out the first half. He will receive a Cutters hat and t-shirt in recognition of the catch.
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Brown (6-2, 300, Miami University) put his athleticism on full display in Week 20, returning a blocked PAT for a score late in the first half of the Predators’ 59-40 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm in the “War on I-4”. The rookie nose guard was involved in a team-high five blocked kicks in 2015.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Nick Davila, Jacksonville’s Anthony Jones, Orlando’s Larry Brackins, Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh, and Spokane’s Jabin Sambrano.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Jacksonville’s LaRoche Jackson, Orlando’s Emanuel Cook, Philadelphia’s Beau Bell, San Jose’s David Hyland, and Spokane’s James Ruffin.
J Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Arkeith Brown, Jacksonville’s Anthony Jones, Orlando’s Brandon Thompkins, Philadelphia’s Shaun Kauleinamoku, and Spokane’s Arvell Nelson.
The Arena Football League is also awarding the MVP of the Week, where fans are given the opportunity to select the winner. Candidates include Orlando Predators wide receiver Greg Carr, Philadelphia Soul wide receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku, and San Jose SaberCats wide receiver Maurice Purify. Fans will have 24 hours to vote on ArenaFootball.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 12. The winner will be announced on Thursday, August 13.
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.