Talons Spotlighted with AFL Players of the Week

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa wide receiver CARLESE FRANKLIN, Chicago quarterback MICHNA and Tulsa defensive end NYENHUIS have been named the Ironman, Russell Athletic Offensive Player and Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 8 of 2010. In addition to these three awards, the 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 8 goes to Orlando wide receiver BOBBY SIPPIO, while Orlando’s quarterback has been named the Playmaker of the Week. The highlight of the week award has gone to Arizona’s defensive back TERRANCE SANDERS.

Franklin (5-11, 190, McNeese State) got the game rolling for the Tulsa Talons as he rushed for the first touchdown of the game on the Talon’s first drive. Franklin kept the offense going throughout the game, scoring in every quarter. Franklin ended the night with three carries for 17 yards and two touchdowns and had five receptions for 62 yards and three touchdowns. On the defensive side, Franklin also had one unassisted tackle.

Michna (6-2, 220, Western Illinois) lead the Rush to a victory at Dallas. After a perfect start to the season, the Rush lost two games in a row. This was a major win and confidence booster for Michna and the Rush. Michna had a perfect night with zero interceptions and completing 28-of-35 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns.

Nyenhuis (6-4, 260, Colorado) looked as though he housebroke the Yard Dawgz offense, breaking his forced fumbles, unasissted tackles and tackle for loss yards season records. Nyenhuis had five unassisted tackles with three tackles for a total loss of 17 yards. Nyenhuis also added four sacks, giving him seven total sacks, the most in the league. Most of his contribution was in turnovers, forcing
the Yard Dawgz to three forced fumbles and one pass deflection.

Sippio (6-3, 215, Western Kentucky) made the most of his debut at Orlando to help
the team beat the top-ranked Milwaukee. Sippio had six receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns, but the last touchdown will always be memorable. With 0:03
seconds left in the game, QB Nick Hill threw a 40-yard pass to Sippio to clinch the
game by four points.

Hill (6-3, 215, Southern Illinois) took the Predators to an even 3-3 record after an exciting win against Milwaukee. The highlight of course would be the winning touchdown pass to WR Bobby Sippio in the final seconds of the game. Hill completed 20-of-32 passes for 314 yards and five touchdowns, plus six carries for 21 yards and three touchdowns.

Sanders (5-10, 180, Eastern Illinois) might be the smallest defensive back for the
Rattlers but ended with one of the biggest plays of the game. In the fourth quarter, Sanders returned a 55-yard kickoff to take the lead, sealing the victory. Sanders had six kickoff returns for a season-high 150 yards.

Ironman of the Week candidates included:
Milwaukee’s Tyree Young, Iowa’s Todd Blythe, Cleveland’s Chris Johnson, Alabama’s CJ Johnson, Chicago Robert Boss and Spokane’s Richard Clebert.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included:
Milwaukee’s Damian Harrell, Arizona’s Nick Davila, Jacksonville’s Aaron Garcia, Alabama’s Tony Colston, Tulsa’s Carlese Franklin and Spokane’s Raul Vigil.

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included:
Orlando’s Kenny McEntyre, Arizona’s Riley Swanson, Jacksonville’s Jason Perry, Alabama’s Eric Crosby, Chicago’s Josh Ferguson and Spokane’s Alex Teems.

Updated 05-25-2010

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