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Raudabaugh, Simpson, Goosby & Berry earn weekly honors
Courtesy of Arena Football League
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Soul QB DAN RAUDABAUGH has been named Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week. Iowa Barnstormers DB JASON SIMPSON and Philadelphia Soul LB JOE GOOSBY have been named Riddell Co- Defensive Players of the Week, and Pittsburgh Power WR PJ BERRY has been named JLS Ironman of the Week for Week 5 of the 2012 AFL season. In addition to these three awards, the AFL is also awarding the Cutters Catch of the Week, the AFL Playmaker of the Week and the Spalding Highlight of the Week. The Cutters Catch of the Week award winner for Week 5 is San Jose SaberCats WR HUEY WHITTAKER, while the AFL Playmaker of Week 5 is Arizona Rattlers WR MAURICE PURIFY. The Spalding Highlight of the Week award winner is VooDoo DB JEREMY KELLEM's 39-yard interception return for a touchdown.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Soul's Raudabaugh (6'3, 220, Miami-Ohio,) was excellent in Philadelphia's record-setting victory over the Georgia Force. The QB had an 80 percent completion rate in the 92-42 win as he went 16-of-20 and threw for 272 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. On the season, Raudabaugh is averaging 263.5 passing yards per game and has thrown 26 TDs and only 3 interceptions.
RIDDELL CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Simpson (6'1, 200, Missouri) was a tackling machine in the team's 55-42 road win against the Pittsburgh Power. Hoping to bounce back from Iowa's Week 4 overtime loss to the undefeated Chicago Rush, Simpson tallied 9.5 tackles, a tackle for loss and three interceptions. On the season, Simpson has returned four interceptions for 60 yards and has recorded 29.5 tackles.
Goosby (6'1, 230, Tulane) helped tack on points in the Soul's 92-42 road victory against the Georgia Force. Goosby recorded 3.5 tackles and one forced fumble. He also had two interceptions, both of which he returned for a touchdown. This season Goosby has returned three interceptions for scores and has recorded 19 tackles.
JLS IRONMAN OF THE WEEK
Berry (6'0, 195, Virginia State) was firing on all cylinders last week in the team's 42-55 home loss against the Barnstormers. Berry returned a kickoff for a score, had nine catches for 110 yards and caught two touchdowns. Berry is third in the League in all-purpose yards, with an average of 190.5 yards per contest. Berry will receive an official JLS watch for his award-winning efforts.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Whittaker (6'5, 215, South Florida) found an opening in tight coverage to grab a touchdown in the San Jose SaberCats victory against the Talons. A Mark Grieb pass set up Whittaker, who seemed to be blanketed by the coverage. His catch, and tiptoe grab in the back of the endzone, was just one of the three touchdown catches he had that day. Whittaker has totaled 21 catches, 217 yards and five touchdowns this season. As a recipient of the award, Whittaker will receive a hat and t-shirt from Cutters, the official equipment partner of the AFL.
AFL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Purify (6'3, 225, University of Nebraska) had another stellar game with ten catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Purify, who has caught at least three touchdown passes in each game this season, shows no signs of the sophomore slump after being named AFL Rookie of the Year last season. Purify leads the League in receiving yards per game with a 148.2 average. His 19.5 scoring average is second only to Chicago Rush WR Reggie Gray.
SPALDING HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Jeremy Kellem (5'9, 195, Middle Tennessee State) of the New Orleans VooDoo helped the team to its first home win since 2008, with his 39-yard INT return for a touchdown. The pick, which came right before the half, gave the VooDoo momentum against Tampa Bay and helped lead them to a victory. Kellem had nine tackles, including one for a loss and two pass break ups in the game.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: New Orleans' Kurt Rocco, San Jose's Mark Grieb, Chicago's Russ Michna, Arizona's Maurice Purify and Cleveland's Dominick Goodman.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: New Orleans' Jeremy Kellem, San Jose's Joe Sykes, Spokane's Terance Moore, Chicago's Vic Hall and Cleveland's Derrick Boyd.
JLS Ironman of the Week candidates included: Chicago's Kelvin Morris, Pittsburgh's Randy Hymes, Tampa Bay's Victor Williams, Orlando's Dwayne Eley Jr., Philadelphia's Derrick Ross and San Jose's Rushard Dodd-Masters.
The Arena Football League is also awarding the National Guard MVP of the Week, where fans are given the opportunity to select the winner on ArenaFootball.com. Candidates include Philadelphia's LB JOE GOOSBY, Chicago's WR JARED PERRY and New Orleans' QB KURT ROCCO. The winner will be announced
on Thursday, April 12, 2012.
04/11 09:32:31 ET