AMPA BAY – The Arena Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard has been named the offensive player of the week, while defensive back Paul Stephens was named the defensive player of the week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hippeard (6-foot-3, 205 lbs., UVA-Wise) was once again instrumental in engineering the game-winning drive versus the Baltimore Brigade. With 5.0 seconds left in regulation, he found LaMark Brown in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead score. Hippeard finished the night having completed 31-of-40 passes (77.5%) for 285 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
This is Hippeard’s second consecutive weekly award and he is the League’s first multi-Player of the Week recipient this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Stephens (5-foot-9, 180 lbs., Central Missouri), who joined the team last week, played a pivotal role in the Storm’s week five victory of the Brigade. He led all Storm defenders with 6.5 tackles, a pass breakup and he recovered two fumbles. In the second quarter, Stephens scooped up a Justin Wilson fumble and returned it 46 yards for the score. Also, with the game tied at 48 in the fourth, Stephens picked up another Wilson fumble, leading to a Storm touchdown.
This is Stephens’ first weekly award for the 2017 season.