AFL Week 9 Players of the Week
TULSA – Chicago wide receiver CHRIS MARTIN,Spokane wide receiver RAUL VIJIL and Tampa Bay defensive back DARYON BRUTLEY have been named the JLS Ironman, Russell Athletic Offensive Player and Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 9 of 2010. In addition to these three awards, the AFL is also highlighting the player who makes the best catch of the week, the playmaker of the week, and the highlight of the week. The Cutters Catch of the Week Award for Week 9 goes to Spokane line backer KEVIN MCCULLOUGH, while Dallas’ wide receiver KENNY HENDERSON has been named the Playmaker of the Week. The Highlight of the Week award has gone to Orlando’s kicker CARLOS MARTINEZ.
JLS IRONMAN OF THE WEEK
Martin (5-11, 190, Washington State) was a major player in Chicago’s second victory over the
Cleveland Gladiators. Defensively, Martin tallied 3.5 tackles. But it was his offensive
performance on special teams that made him shine. Martin returned five kicks for a total of
137 yards. One of those returns was for a whopping 57 yards and a score, helping to propel
the Rush to a narrow 52-49 victory. The 57 yard return was his longest of the season.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Vijil (5-11, 190, Eastern Washington) was QB Kyle Rowley’s favorite target in Week 9 action,
leading the Shock to a 10 point victory over top-ranked Jacksonville, 67-57. Vijil made 11 catches
for 130 yards and seven of Spokane’s eight passing touchdowns. His 11 receptions were a personal
season high, as were his seven scores.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brutley (6-0, 185, Northern Iowa), in only his second game with Tampa Bay, proved to be a
key addition to the Storm roster. Brutley tallied 12.5 tackles against in-state rival Orlando, a
team high. It was also a drastic improvement from his 1.5 tackles tallied in his first game in a
Storm uniform versus Bossier-Shreveport in Week 7. Brutley also grabbed one interception for 12 yards and tallied two
defended passes in the 62-50 Tampa Bay victory over the Predators.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
McCullough (6-2, 250, Cincinnati) made Week 9’s Catch of the Week on a defensive
play, intercepting Jacksonville QB Aaron Garcia as the final minutes of the first quarter
ticked off the clock. McCullough nabbed the ball mid-air with one hand and dove
across the goal line to tie the game up at 14 heading into the second quarter.
McCullough also tallied three tackles as Spokane went on to defeat the top-ranked
NIFTY PLAYMAKER OF THE GAME
Henderson (5-9, 190, Tuskegee) was an offensive force for the Vigilantes despite their
eventual 38-63 loss to the Milwaukee Iron. Henderson made seven catches for 72 yards and
two of Dallas’ three passing touchdowns. One of Henderson’s receiving touchdowns cut the
Milwaukee lead to three in the third quarter, but the Vigilantes were unable to get any closer
the rest of the night. Henderson also returned four kicks for 115 yards, his longest return
being for 38 yards.
SPALDING HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
Martinez (5-8, 175, Buena Vista University) started the game off for Orlando with a
bang, nailing a 54-yard field goal on the Predators’ opening drive to give Orlando a 3-0
lead just minutes into the game. The 54-yards broke a previous Orlando record of 53-
yards for the longest field goal made.
JLS Ironman of the Week candidates included:
Orlando’s Jerrian James, Utah’s Trandon Harvey, Milwaukee’s Tyre Young, Bossier-Shreveport’s Willis Marshall, Spokane’s
Quorey Payne and Oklahoma City’s David Hyland.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included:
Orlando’s Nick Hill, Arizona’s Nick Davila, Chicago’s Russ Michna, Milwaukee’s Chris Greisen, Tulsa’s Donovan Morgan and
Oklahoma City’s Anthony Hines.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included:
Utah’s Caesar Rayford, Cleveland’s Anthony Hoke, Milwaukee’s Khreem Smith, Bossier-Shreveport’s Willis Marshall, Spokane’s
Kevin McCullough and Oklahoma City’s Dustin Barno.