By Hunter Jones
A note from the editor: The first Season 11 edition of the SFL Player of the Week is here! Hunter Jones has stepped up to take on this weekly segment and it is his job to trawl through the footage from the gameweek, eventually choosing two players who have outshone the rest. Judging on the competitiveness of Week 1, I don’t envy his position at all! Having said that, I wholeheartedly agree with his picks this week. The players who have risen to the top of the pile deserve recognition, and these guys definitely do.
Offensive POTW: RB, Robert Redford, Las Vegas Fury (35 carries, 311 yards, 3 TDs, 8.9 YPC)
In his debut with the Las Vegas Fury, Robert Redford showedexactly why he is worthy of the 114.57 value that the Fury gave him for the season. One could argue that Redford single-handedly dismantled the San Francisco Shark defense. By halftime, Redford had already racked up an astonishing 295 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. In the second half, the Fury slowed down things alot and eventually pulled out the starting offense entirely, with Redford ending his record day on 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. We haven’t seen this type of rushing performance since Ray Bentley in the Season 9 Championship Game.
Honorable Mention: WR James Hands, London Knights (10 receptions, 273 yards, 4 TDs)
On any other week, James Hands would likely have won Offensive Player of the Week. However, Robert Redford burning the Sharks defense for neaely 300 rushing yards in one half is a tough one to match. Hands was big for London in their comeback victory against the St. Louis Gladiators, starting the second half off with a pair of long receiving touchdowns to quickly close the gap. Without him, London would have fallen to a ninth straight loss.
Defensive POTW: DE, Tyrone Zeus, London Knights (6 sacks, 9 total tackles)
Tyrone Zeus made sure his presence was felt in his debut game for the London Knights. While seemingly everyone on the defensive line recorded a sack (14 in total, to be exact), the rookie finished at the top, ending the game with 6 sacks, 9 total tackles and most importantly: the win. Zeus will surely not keep up this pace as trams start to gameplan against him, but what a statement he has made on the league already.
Honorable Mention: DT Alex Dominguez, Alaska Storm (6 sacks, 8 total tackles)
Alex Dominguez is in a similar situation to Hands. Any other week he would likely have won Defensive Player of the Week, but the rookie, Tyrone Zeus, managed to just barely top his extraordinary stats by one more assisted tackle. Dominguez had a special season opener, but at the end of the day, Zeus was able to top it.