OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
CHRISTAN CHRISTANSEN, QB, TALLAHASSEE
21-31/428 YDS/5 TD/0 INT/150.2 QBR
Another week, another Tallahassee Player of the Week. Christansen took to the skies this week against the Queen City mostly non-contract secondary and with the help of his receiving corps, made them look like they had rocks in their shoes. Going deep and throwing over the top seems to be the only item on the menu for Tallahassee’s offense and they are making it work. So far, it seems that their opponents just weren’t ready for the level of play to come our of this passing attack. The first two weeks saw some bad coverages and blown assignments more than anything, however this past week was a complete mismatch of talent in the 3rd level. Christansen has been giving his talented speedsters the ball in the just the right place all season and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of Tallahassee wanting to switch it up. Defenses take note: Christansen is going deep.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
CHARLES BALL, SS, TULSA DESPERADOS
8 TACKLES/1 PD/3 INT/236 RETURN YARDS/1 KICK RET TD
Charles Ball has been an absolute blast to watch. Each week, he is showing more and more promise as Espnn Ry’Ale’s defense seems to have him in just the right spot on almost every snap. This week it showed more than ever. Ball pulled down 3 of the 5 interceptions collected by the Tulsa defense and haunted Indianapolis QB Nathan Lee all game long. To top off the fact that he single-handedly stopped Indy’s drives, he also gave his offense a rest and/r great field position from the kickoffs, returning one kick for a 95 yard touchdown and averaging 26.2 yard per return on his other returns. Without his level of play in this game, Tulsa would likely have not have been able to keep up as Indy’s defense had the Desperados’ number through most of the contest. Look for Ball to continue his campaign for Defensive Rookie of the Year in the coming weeks.
AARON ARRINGTON, CB, ST. LOUIS GLADIATORS
6 TACKLES/2 PD/3 INT/139 INT RET YD/1 INT TD
A nomination came in for Player of the Week this week and to be honest, I had a really hard time deciding. Ultimately, Ball’s performance to his team winning felt more valuable than Arrington’s since the Gladiators had a larger margin of victory, but I must give a mention to another truly great performance. Arrington is a long time CB in this league and this game was one of his best. Three interceptions with one returned for a touchdown is great for any defensive back, but he also averaged 33 yards per return on his other 2 picks. He made his presence felt in a great game for a St. Louis team that is looking the best they have looked since joining the league 2 seasons ago and Arrington is certainly another reason why.
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