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Raudabaugh, Thomas and Stephens Earn Weekly Honors
Courtesy of Arena Football League
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh has been awarded Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while San Jose SaberCats DB Clevan Thomas has been named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week and San Antonio Talons WR D.J. Stephens has been named J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 10 of the 2013 NET10 Wireless Arena Football League season. In addition to these awards, the AFL is also awarding the Cutters Catch of the Week and AFL Highlight of the Week. Philadelphia Soul WR Ryan McDaniel earned the Cutters Catch of the Week, while Chicago Rush WR Reggie Gray was awarded the AFL Highlight of the Week.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Raudabaugh (6-3, 225, Miami Ohio) completed 20-of-23 passes for 297 yards and seven touchdowns in Philadelphia�s 73-55 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm in Week 10. His 87 percent completion mark represents a season-high, while he tied another season-high with seven scoring strikes on the night.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Thomas (5-10, 195, Florida State) recorded a pair of interceptions, including one returned 50 yards for a score, in San Jose�s 35-34 win over the Utah Blaze in Week 10. Thomas is tied for the League lead with eight interceptions on the season. He now has 58 for his career, the second-highest total in AFL history.
J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Stephens (5-11, 180, Arkansas-Monticello) returned two kickoffs 56 yards for touchdowns in San Antonio�s 48-61 loss to the Spokane Shock in Week 10. He finished the night with 289 all-purpose yards, with 190 coming in the return game and recording another 99 as a receiver. He will receive a timepiece crafted by J. Lewis Small for his efforts.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
McDaniel (6-3, 200, Samford) made a diving one-handed touchdown reception midway through the fourth quarter of Philadelphia�s 73-55 road victory over the Tampa Bay Storm in Week 10. It was McDaniel�s third of three receiving scores on the night. He will receive a Cutters hat and shirt in recognition of the catch.
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Gray (5-10, 185, Western Illinois) returned a kickoff 57 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to put the Rush up for good in their 84-48 win over the New Orleans VooDoo in Week 10. Gray tallied 127 all-purpose yards in the game, with 75 coming as a return man. He also scored one touchdown as a receiver.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona QB Nick Davila, New Orleans WR Donovan Morgan, Orlando WR Prechae Rodriguez, Pittsburgh QB Steven Sheffield, Spokane QB Erik Meyer and Utah WR Aaron Lesue.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona DL Marcus Pittman, Chicago DB Jorrick Calvin, Cleveland DB Joe Phinisee, Orlando DB Dominic Jones, Philadelphia DL Bryan Robinson and Spokane DL Diyral Briggs.
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week candidates included: Arizona WR Trandon Harvey, Jacksonville DB Jamaal Fudge, New Orleans WR Quorey Payne, Philadelphia FB Derrick Ross, Pittsburgh DB Chris LeFlore and San Jose WR Fred Williams.
05/28 15:22:37 ET