CHICAGO – Philadelphia Soul QB DAN RAUDABAUH has been awarded the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while Arizona Rattlers DB ARKEITH BROWN has been named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week and San Jose SaberCats WR FRED WILLIAMS has been named JLS Ironman of the Week for Week 17 of the 2012 AFL season. In addition to these awards, the AFL is also awarding the Cutters Catch of the Week, Spalding Highlight of the Week and the AFL Playmaker of the Week. San Jose SaberCats OL JASPER HARVEY was awarded the Cutters Catch of the Week, while San Antonio Talons WR JOMO WILSON earned the Spalding Highlight of the Week. Philadelphia Soul WR TIGER JONES and Cleveland Gladiators DB JOE PHINISEE have been named Co-AFL Playmakers of the Week.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Raudabaugh (6-3, 220, Miami Ohio) set multiple franchise passing records in Philadelphia’s 83-79 victory over Tampa Bay. His 415 passing yards and 11 passing touchdowns represent new single-game franchise records, while his season-total of 4,499 yards broke Tony Graziani’s franchise record, set in 2005. Raudabaugh also became the second quarterback this season to eclipse the 100-touchdown plateau. This is Raudabaugh’s second Offensive Player of the Week honor this season.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown (6-1, 195, Texas A&M) had 5.5 tackles and three interceptions in Arizona’s win over the Spokane Shock in Week 17. In the second quarter, Brown wrestled the ball away from a Spokane receiver and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown. He is the first Arizona player since 2002 to record three interceptions in one game.
JLS IRONMAN OF THE WEEK
Williams (6-0, 195, St. Cloud State) caught 11 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns during the SaberCats road win over the Rush in Week 17. He also added five kick returns for 100 yards, including a 57-yard kick return touchdown, and rushed twice for five yards and a score. Williams finished with five total touchdowns scored three different ways. He will be awarded a timepiece crafted by JLS for his efforts.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Harvey (6-3, 315, San Diego State) hauled in a tipped pass for a touchdown to close out the first half of the SaberCats 75-61 victory over Chicago in Week 17. Deep in Rush territory, San Jose quarterback Mark Grieb lofted a pass into a crowd of players, who batted the ball around before it fell into Harvey’s hands for a score. He will be awarded a Cutters hat and shirt for his efforts.
AFL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Jones (5-11, 195, Louisville) and Phinisee (5-10, 195, Walsh) have been named Co-AFL Playmakers of the Week for their Week 17 heroics. Jones recorded 12 catches for 204 yards and six touchdowns. His 204 receiving yards represent a single-game franchise record, while his six touchdowns ties the team’s best single-game mark. He also became the first player in AFL history with back-to-back 2,000-yeard receiving seasons in the game. Phinisee, meanwhile, tallied six tackles, three pass breakups, two turnovers and a score in Cleveland’s lopsided victory over the Milwaukee Mustangs. He leads the team with three defensive touchdowns on the season.
SPALDING HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Wilson (6-0, 205, Eastern Oregon) set the tone for the San Antonio Talons in Week 18 by returning the opening kickoff 56 yards for a score. He finished the game with three catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns to go with his 95 total kick return yards. He has recorded multiple touchdowns in all 10 games played this year.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Nick Davila, Chicago’s Reggie Gray, Cleveland’s Dominick Goodman, Georgia’s Bryant Moniz, New Orleans’ Kurt Rocco, Philadelphia’s Tiger Jones, Pittsburgh’s Andrico Hines and San Antonio’s Aaron Garcia.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Chicago’s Jorrick Calvin, Cleveland’s Joe Phinisee, Georgia’s Robert Durham, New Orleans’ Demarcus Robinson, Pittsburgh’s Anthony DeGrate, San Antonio’s Victor DeGrate and Tampa Bay’s Paul Griffin.
JLS Ironman of the Week candidates included: Arizona’s Kerry Reed, Georgia’s CJ Johnson, New Orleans’ Josh Bush and Tampa Bay’s Michael Lindsey.
The Arena Football League is also awarding the National Guard MVP of the Week, where fans are given the opportunity to select the winner. Candidates include Arizona DB Arkeith Brown, Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh and San Jose WR Fred Williams. Fans will have 24 hours to vote beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 4. The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 5.