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AFL awards Week 13 Players of the Week

Tuesday June 28, 2016

 Morris, Kellem, Kauleinamoku Earn Weekly Honors With Standout Performances

LAS VEGAS (June 28, 2016) – The Arena Football League has announced that Orlando’s Bernard Morris, Arizona’s Jeremy Kellem and Philadelphia’s Shaun Kauleinamoku have been named as the Under Armour Offensive Player, Riddell Defensive Player and AFL Playmaker of the Week for Week 13, respectively. In addition to these awards, the AFL has awarded Philadelphia’s Ryan McDaniel the Cutters Catch of the Week, while the AFL Highlight of the Week was awarded to Cleveland’s Collin Taylor. Those clips can be found by following the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball).

UNDER ARMOUR OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Morris (6’4, 225, Marshall) connected on 16-of-23 passes for 131 yards, five passing touchdowns, no interceptions as well as adding 31 rushing yards and three rushing scores to lead the Orlando Predators to a 56-33 victory over the rival Tampa Bay Storm at Amway Center this past weekend. It was the second start of the season for the six-year veteran, who has connected on 38-of-60 passes (63.3%) for 374 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in 2016. The Predators (11-2) enter the League-wide Bye Week as the current No. 1 seed in the Postseason Standings and leader of the American Conference.

RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kellem (5’10, 195, Middle Tennessee State) led the Rattlers (10-3) defense as they defeated the Los Angeles KISS, 64-49, this past weekend at Honda Center. The 2015 Defensive Back of the Year had 4.5 total tackles, two interceptions and a two-point return for a score that helped seal the victory. In three games since returning to Arizona, Kellem has 20.0 total tackles, three interceptions and three pass breakups for the National Conference leaders. The Rattlers are also 3-0 since Kellem’s return. Arizona (10-3) enters the League-wide Bye Week as the current No. 2 seed in the Postseason Standings and lead the National Conference.

J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK: Kauleinamoku (5’10, 185, Western Oregon) helped lead the Philadelphia Soul to a 59-38 victory over the Portland Steel at Moda Center on Monday night. The six-year veteran hauled in nine receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. The former Wolf is No. 2 on the Soul with 83 receptions for 1,035 receiving yards, 19 receiving touchdowns and 120 points in 2016. “SK” also hauled in an 11-yard score in the second quarter for career touchdown reception No. 100 in his career. The Soul (10-3) enter the League-wide Bye Week as the current No. 3 seed in the Postseason Standings.

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK: McDaniel (6’3, 200, Samford) made a great 13-yard touchdown grab, going over-the-wall, and being able to keep control of the ball in the Soul’s 59-38 win over the Portland Steel at the Moda Center on Monday night. The Samford alum caught five receptions for 48 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, McDaniel has hauled in 77 catches for 930 yards and 18 touchdowns.

AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Taylor (6’1, 205, Indiana) recorded his 100th career touchdown reception on a 33-yard touchdown grab in Cleveland’s thrilling 49-48 win over the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday night. The former Hoosier has brought in 90 catches for 1,167 yards and 27 touchdowns going into the bye week. Taylor currently is No. 6 in the League in receptions, reception yards, and receiving touchdowns.

Under Armour Offensive Player candidates included: Arizona’s Mykel Benson, Jacksonville’s Joe Hills, Los Angeles’ Donovan Morgan and Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh.

Riddell Defensive Player candidates included: Cleveland’s Joe Phinesee, Los Angeles’ Josh Victorian, Orlando’s Paul Stephens and Philadelphia’s Tracy Belton.

J. Lewis Small Playmaker candidates included: Arizona’s Jeremy Kellem and Mykel Benson, Cleveland’s Collin Taylor, Jacksonville’s Joe Hills and Tampa Bay’s Prechae Rodriguez.

PREVIOUS WINNERS:
WEEK 1: Orlando’s Randy Hippeard (Offensive), Arizona’s Damien Borel and Luis Vazquez (Co-Defensive), Philadelphia’s Shaun Kauleinamoku (Playmaker), Los Angeles’ Donovan Morgan (Catch), and Cleveland’s Joe Powell (Highlight).
WEEK 2: Jacksonville’s Joe Hills (Offensive), Cleveland’s Joe Powell (Defensive), Arizona’s Rod Windsor (Playmaker), Tampa Bay’s Philip Barnett (Catch), and Orlando’s Kent Richardson (Highlight).
WEEK 3: Arizona’s Nick Davila (Offensive), Los Angeles’ Rayshaun Kizer (Defensive), Philadelphia’s Teddy Jennings (Playmaker), Cleveland’s Brandon Stephens (Catch), and Orlando’s Brandon Thompkins (Highlight).
WEEK 4: Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh (Offensive), Orlando’s Varmah Sonie (Defensive), Arizona’s Maurice Purify (Playmaker), Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds (Catch), and Cleveland’s Marvin Ross (Highlight).
WEEK 5: Orlando’s Brandon Thompkins (Offensive), Arizona’s Dimetrio Tyson (Defensive), Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds (Playmaker), Arizona’s Rod Windsor (Catch), and Tampa Bay’s Mike Washington (Highlight)
WEEK 6: Orlando’s Randy Hippeard (Offensive), Los Angeles’ Josh Victorian (Defensive), Cleveland’s Arvell Nelson (Playmaker), Cleveland’s Collin Taylor (Catch) and Philadelphia’s Dwayne Hollis (Highlight)
WEEK 7: Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh (Offensive), Cleveland’s Marvin Ross (Defensive), Tampa Bay’s Jimmy Gordon (Playmaker), Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds (Catch), and Orlando’s Greg Carr (Highlight).
WEEK 8: Jacksonville’s Tommy Grady (Offensive), Jacksonville’s Greg Reid (Defensive), Cleveland’s Collin Taylor (Playmaker), Arizona’s Joe Matthews (Catch) and Philadelphia’s LaRico Stevenson (Highlight).
WEEK 9: Jacksonville’s Joe Hills (Offensive), Cleveland’s Marvin Ross (Defensive), Los Angeles’ Donovan Morgan (Playmaker), Cleveland’s Quentin Sims (Catch) and Tampa Bay’s T.T. Toliver (Highlight).
WEEK 10: Arizona’s Nick Davila (Offensive), Portland’s Sergio Gilliam (Defensive), Orlando’s Brandon Thompkins (Playmaker), Orlando’s Varmah Sonie (Catch) and Jacksonville’s Reggie Gray (Highlight).
WEEK 11: Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh (Offensive), Jacksonville’s Greg Reid (Defensive), Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds (Playmaker), Orlando’s Greg Carr (Catch) and Tampa Bay’s T.T. Toliver (Highlight).
WEEK 12: Cleveland’s Arvell Nelson (Offensive), Arizona’s Jeremy Kellem (Defensive), Orlando’s Greg Carr (Playmaker), Arizona’s Maurice Purify (Catch) and Jacksonville’s Joe Hills (Highlight).

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