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AFL awards First Round Players of the Week

Tuesday August 9, 2016

 Ross, Bell, Brown Earn Honors With Standout Performances

LAS VEGAS (August 9, 2016) – The Arena Football League has announced that Jacksonville’s Derrick Ross, Philadelphia’s Beau Bell and Arizona’s Arkeith Brown have been named as the Under Armour Offensive Player, Riddell Defensive Player and AFL Playmaker of the Week for the First Round of the 2016 Postseason, respectively. In addition to these awards, the AFL has awarded Jacksonville’s Tiger Jones the Cutters Catch of the Week, while the AFL Highlight of the Week was awarded to Cleveland’s Larry Beavers. Those clips can be found by following the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball).

UNDER ARMOUR OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ross (6’0, 250, Tarleton State) helped lead the way as the Jacksonville Sharks (8-9) defeated the Orlando Predators, 69-68, in overtime at Amway Center to advance to the American Conference title game next Sunday. The perennial All-Arena performer rushed 12 times for 26 yards and four touchdowns and added the game-winning two-point score in overtime. The fifth-year veteran finished the regular season leading the AFL with 399 rushing yards and tied for the AFL lead with 20 rushing touchdowns in 2016. The Sharks will travel to play the No. 1 seeded Philadelphia Soul (14-3) at PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Sunday, August 14 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in the American Conference Championship.

RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bell (6’2, 245, UNLV) led the Philadelphia Soul defense as they defeated the Tampa Bay Storm, 63-41, on Sunday night at PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The fifth-year veteran tallied 2.0 total tackles, forced two fumbles and added a sack to help seal the victory. Bell finished the regular season with 12.5 total tackles, 2.0 sacks and three passes defended from the Mac linebacker spot. The Soul will host the No. 3 seeded Jacksonville Sharks (8-9) at PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Sunday, August 14 at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in the American Conference Championship.

AFL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK: Brown (6’0, 190, Texas A&M) helped lead the Arizona Rattlers to their sixth straight National Conference title game with an 84-40 victory over the Portland Steel at Talking Stick Resort Arena this past weekend. The fourth-year veteran hauled in two interceptions, forced and recovered a fumble and added two tackles. Brown finished the regular season leading the Rattlers with 49.5 total tackles, six interceptions and 32 passes defended in 2016. The Rattlers (14-3) will host the National Conference Championship against the Cleveland Gladiators (8-9) on Saturday, August 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK: Jones (5’11, 195, Louisville) got a little assistance from the net when making a 27-yard touchdown catch at the end of the second quarter in Saturday’s 69-68 overtime win over the Orlando Predators. The former Cardinal hauled in 105 receptions for 1,218 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season. Jones and the Sharks will take on the Philadelphia Soul in the American Conference Championship on Sunday, August 14th at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Beavers (6’0, 180, Wesley) came up huge in the fourth quarter, when he recovered a kickoff that bounced off the bar for a touchdown to put Cleveland up 56-46 with 0:30 seconds remaining. The touchdown helped give Cleveland the cushion they needed to defeat the LA KISS, 56-52, and move onto to face the Arizona Rattlers in the National Conference Championship on Saturday, August 13th at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

Under Armour Offensive Player candidates included: Arizona’s Nick Davila, Jacksonville’s Reggie Gray, Los Angeles’ Donovan Morgan and Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh.

Riddell Defensive Player candidates included: Arizona’s KJ Morton and Arkeith Brown, Cleveland’s Joe Powell and Orlando’s Terence Moore.

AFL Playmaker candidates included: Arizona’s Anthony Amos, Cleveland’s Larry Beavers, Orlando’s Larry Brackins and Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds.

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).
WEEK 13: Orlando’s Bernard Morris (Offensive), Arizona’s Jeremy Kellem (Defensive), Philadelphia’s Shaun Kauleinamoku (Playmaker), Philadelphia’s Ryan McDaniel (Catch) and Cleveland’s Collin Taylor (Highlight).
WEEK 15: Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh (Offensive), Orlando’s Paul Stephens (Defensive), Arizona’s Rod Windsor (Playmaker), Orlando’s Greg Carr (Catch) and Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds (Highlight).
WEEK 16: Arizona’s Nick Davila (Offensive), Philadelphia’s Jake Metz (Defensive), Los Angeles’ DJ Stephens (Playmaker), Arizona’s Maurice Purify (Catch) and Portland’s Nick Truesdell (Highlight).
WEEK 17: Jacksonville’s Derrick Ross (Offensive), Tampa Bay’s James McClinton (Defensive), Arizona’s Rod Windsor (Playmaker), Jacksonville’s Joe Hills (Catch) and Tampa Bay’s James McClinton (Highlight).
WEEK 18: Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh (Offensive), Portland’s Sergio Gilliam (Defensive), Jacksonville’s Joe Hills (Playmaker), Orlando’s Larry Brackins (Catch) and Portland’s Sergio Gilliam (Highlight).

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