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            === AFL honors Hughley, Brown & Gray in Week 16 ===
 
 Courtesy of Arena Football League
 
 Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Jacksonville WR Jeff Hughley has been named
 Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week. Cleveland DB Levy Brown and
 Chicago WR Reggie Gray have been named Riddell Defensive Player of the Week and
 JLS Ironman of the Week, respectively, for Week 16 of the 2011 AFL season. In
 addition to these three awards, the AFL is also awarding the best catch of the
 week, the playmaker of the week and the highlight of the week. The Cutters
 Catch of the Week award winner for Week 16 is WR Jeff Hughley of the
 Jacksonville Sharks, while the NiFTy Playmaker of the Week is Chicago LB Kelvin
 Morris. The Spalding Highlight of the Week award winner is Utah DL Caesar
 Rayford.
 
 RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
 
 Hughley (5-8, 175, Averett) broke Shark records in the 66-41 win over in-state
 rival, Tampa Bay Storm. Hughley hauled in 13 receptions for 210-yards and six
 touchdowns, all new franchise records. Hughley also recorded 114 kickoff return
 yards, which put him at 324 all-purpose yards in the game. Hughley's 141.1
 yards per game ranks fifth in the AFL. Hughley is also ranked third in the
 League in kickoff return average (21.0).
 
 
 RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
 Brown (5-11, 200, Florida A&M) and the Gladiators' defense held San Jose to
 only 21 points in the 82-21 victory.  The 61 point differential is the second
 largest margin of victory in League history, just one point away from tying the
 top record.  Brown contributed 15.5 tackles, a franchise record, and two pass
 breakups against the SaberCats.  In the second quarter, Brown returned a 51-
 yard interception for a touchdown.
 
 JLS IRONMAN OF THE WEEK
 
 Gray (5-10,175, Western Illinois) notched five receptions for 68 yards and two
 touchdowns against the Barnstormers' defense. One of Gray's highlights came in
 the fourth quarter when he returned a kickoff for a 57-yard touchdown, pushing
 Chicago to a 48-41 lead.  Just five minutes later, Gray returned another
 kickoff for a touchdown.  A field goal in the final two minutes sealed
 Chicago's victory, 58-48.  Gray leads the Rush in receiving yards per game
 (104.6), scoring (250) and all-purpose yards per game (150.4).
 
 CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
 
 Hughley (5-8, 175, Averett) hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback
 Aaron Garcia in the fourth quarter with 13:40 left on the clock. The pass was
 Aaron Garica's 3,886th career completion and marked a new AFL record,
 previously held by Andy Kelly. The touchdown gave Jacksonville a 66-34 lead.
 Hughley finished with 13 receptions for 210-yards and six touchdowns.
 
 NIFTY PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
 
 Morris (6-4, 250, Clemson) caused havoc on defense in Chicago's victory over
 the Iowa Barnstormers, 58-48, on Sunday. Morris, who has started at jack
 linebacker every game this season, started at cornerback due to team injuries.
 In only his second start at defensive back in his professional career, he
 posted 6.5 tackles, a tackle for loss and two interceptions in the win.
 
 SPALDING HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
 
 Rayford (6-7, 265, Washington) blocked Kansas City kicker Brian Umstead's
 extra-point attempt with 53 seconds remaining in Friday Night's "Arena Football
 Friday". The blocked kick gave Utah a 61-60 lead and eventual win over the
 Kansas City Command. Rayford also posted a sack in the win.
 
 Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Utah's
 Alvance Robinson, Cleveland's Troy Bergeron, Milwaukee's Dwayne Eley Jr.,
 Georgia's Maurice Purify, Dallas's Dan Raudabaugh, Chicago's Charles Dillon,
 Spokane's Kyle Rowley and Arizona's Rod Windsor.
 
 Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Utah's Michael Lewis,
 Pittsburgh's Josh Lay, Georgia's Ahmad Hawkins, Tulsa's JC Neal, Chicago's
 Kelvin Morris, Jacksonville's Michaeux Robinson, Spokane's Terrance Sanders and
 Philadelphia's Mike Brown.
 
 JLS Ironman of the Week candidates included: Utah's Alfred Phillips,
 Cleveland's Quorey Payne, Pittsburgh's Lonnell Dewalt, Georgia's Larry Shipp,
 Tulsa's Brandon Copeland, Jacksonville's Jeff Hughley, Spokane's Terrance
 Sanders and Philadelphia's Larry Brackins.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 06/29 13:45:06 ET

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