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MacPherson, Spears and Brown Receive ArenaFan.com Week Four Honors

Wednesday March 26, 2008

For their performances during the fourth week of the Arena Football League’s 2008 season, Grand Rapids Rampage quarterback James MacPherson, New Orleans VooDoo defensive back Calvin Spears and Philadelphia Soul wide receiver/defensive back Mike Brown have been named Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week and Two-Way Player of the Week, respectively, by the writers and staff of ArenaFan.com.

MacPherson is the first unanimous selection for any weekly award that ArenaFan.com has given out since the site began weekly awards in 2005. The New Orleans VooDoo is the first team to have three different players earn ArenaFan.com Defensive Player of the Week in three consecutive weeks. Brown is the first player this season to earn multiple ArenaFan.com weekly awards – he earned the same honor in Week Two.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MacPherson (6.02, 200 lbs., Wake Forest) completed 24-of-27 for 307 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions in the Rampage’s 92-52 win over Kansas City. He completed his first eleven passes in his first career AFL start (and the Rampage’s first victory of the season). His nine touchdowns tie a team record with current Dallas Desperados QB Clint Dolezel.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Spears (6.00, 195 lbs., Grambling State) snagged a league-high three interceptions in the VooDoo’s 63-24 win over the previously undefeated Cleveland Gladiators. Spears also had 5.5 tackles in the win. All three of his interceptions occurred in the red zone (and in the third quarter) preventing potential Gladiators touchdowns.

Others considered for Week Four’s Defensive Player of the Week: Philadelphia lineman Gabe Nyenhuis and Arizona Rattlers DB Isaiah Trufant.

TWO-WAY PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brown (5.10, 190 lbs., Charleston Southern) recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and tallied three tackles on defense in the Soul’s 71-34 victory over Los Angeles. Additionally, he returned six kickoffs for 127 yards.

 

Others considered for Week Four’s Two-Way Player of the Week: Chicago WR/DB DeJuan Alfonzo, New York DB Levy Brown, Orlando WR/KR T.T. Toliver and New Orleans WR/KR Wendall Williams.

2008 ArenaFan.com Award Winners

WK
OFFENSIVE
DEFENSIVE
TWO-WAY
1
Tony Graziani, PHI
Dennison Robinson, CHI
Robert Redd, CLE
2
Danny Wimprine, NO
Keon Raymond, NO
Mike Brown, PHI
3
Chris Greisen, GEO
Michale Spicer, NO
Will Pettis, DAL
4
James MacPherson, GR
Calvin Spears, NO
Mike Brown, PHI

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