Grady, Richardson & Perry earn weekly honors
Courtesy of Arena Football League
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Utah Blaze QB TOMMY GRADY has been named Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week. DB KENT RICHARDSON of the Philadelphia Soul has been named Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, and Pittsburgh Power WR PJ BERRY has been named JLS Ironman of the Week for Week 6 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 6 is Philadelphia Soul WR TIGER JONES, while the AFL Playmaker of Week 6 is Jacksonville Sharks WR TERRANCE SMITH. The Spalding Highlight of the Week award winner is San Antonio Talons' FB CHAD COOK.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah's Grady (6'7, 250, Utah) powered the team in their Week 6 road victory against the Jacksonville Sharks. The quarterback finished 29-of-38 for 325 yards. Grady threw 10 touchdowns and also added a rushing touchdown. This season, Grady ranks fourth in the League in passing average, with 306.6 yards per game. His 35 passing touchdowns rank second in the AFL.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Philadelphia's Richardson (6'0, 200, West Virginia) returned three interceptions for 37 yards against the SaberCats last week, which places Richardson first in Soul history for interceptions in a game, tying Eddie Moten's record set on April 28, 2008. Richardson's five interceptions through his first five games this season, puts him three picks shy of tying Mike Brown's franchise mark at No. 3 all-time for his total of eight interceptions in 2011.
JLS IRONMAN OF THE WEEK
Pittsburgh's Berry (6'0, 195, Virginia State) had the hot hand in Pittsburgh's win against the Predators. Berry turned in three receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown. Berry also tallied seven kick returns for 151 yards, a missed field goal return for 16 yards and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. Berry is third in the League in kick returns with 30 for 588 yards and a touchdown on the season. Berry is also second in the League in all-purpose yards with an average of 197.6 yards per game. Berry will receive a watch from JLS for his award-winning efforts.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Philadelphia's Tiger Jones (5'11, 195, Louisville) went leaps and bounds in Week 6. Trailing the San Jose SaberCats, 7-0, heading into the second quarter, Jones put Philadelphia on the board with an eight-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh. Jones fell over the end zone wall without losing possession, securing the Soul's first points on the day. It was the first of four touchdowns for Jones in the game as the Soul defeated the SaberCats 61-55. As a recipient of the award, Jones will receive a hat and t- shirt from Cutters', the official equipment partner of the AFL.
AFL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Jacksonville's Smith (6'2, 200, South Carolina) put up an impressive stat line despite the Sharks home loss to the Utah Blaze, 67-75. The wide receiver tallied eight receptions for 154 yards and five touchdowns. Smith also grabbed seven kick returns for 155 yards. On the season, Smith ranks first in the League in all-purpose yards with an average of 231.8 yards per game. Smith also ranks second in the League in scoring with 14 touchdowns through four games.
SPALDING HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Cook (6'1, 265, Murray State) of the San Antonio Talons helped the team to a 62-48 home win at the Alamodome over the New Orleans VooDoo. With the Talons trailing, 40-42, Cook received a screen pass. Nearing the wall, Cook had a host of VooDoo defenders bearing down on him before he made his move. He powered through the first two, dragging defenders with him as he broke five tackles on his way for the score.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Tampa's Amarri Jackson, San Antonio's Robert Quiroga, Philadelphia's Tiger Jones, Georgia's Brandon McRae, Orlando's Justin Roper, Spokane's Brandon Thompkins and Iowa's Jesse Schmidt.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Cleveland's Levy Brown, Iowa's Derek Pegues, San Antonio's Fred Shaw, Chicago's Kelvin Morris, Pittsburgh's Chris LeFlore and Spokane's Jeremy Geathers.
JLS Ironman of the Week candidates included: Iowa's Jason Simpson, Cleveland's Robert Redd, New Orleans' Josh Bush, Utah's Aaron Lesue, San Jose's Huey Whittaker, Georgia's Mykell Benson and Spokane's Terrance Sanders.
04/18 09:54:10 ET