By Hunter Jones
Offensive Player of the Week
Jarod McChesney, Running Back, Denver Nightwings – 25 carries, 149 yards, 4 TDs
Denver Nightwings rookie running back, Jarod McChesney, has been one of those players who has been quietly and consistently turning in good performances all season. McChesney averages 98 rushing yards per game on a 4.0 yards per carry. Despite this, McChesney hadn’t scored a rushing touchdown in six weeks of play. In Week seven, however, he exploded for four rushing touchdowns to go along with a career-high 149 rushing yards and 6.0 yards per carry.
Honorable Mention: Mike Osayi, Wide Receiver, Dallas Lobos – 12 catches, 236 yards, 4 TDs
Dallas Lobos’ wide receiver, Mike Osayi, has always had the numbers. In every week this season, he’s had over 10 catches and 100 yards. However, his real weakness stats-wise was his yards per catch. Through six weeks, his yards per catch was 10.8 yards and his season high came in Week one against the Oklahoma City Renegades, with 11.8 YPC. In Week even, Osayi finished with 19.7 YPC, a new season high to go along with three touchdowns, another season high.
Defensive Player of the Week
Von Seniuk, Cornerback, Indianapolis Red Devils – 3 INTs, 2 PDs, 4 total tackles
Indianapolis Red Devils cornerback, Von Seniuk, has four interceptions so far this season. All four have come against the Queen City Corsairs. In Week four, Seniuk returned his lone interception for a touchdown, his first of the season. In Week seven, once again facing the Corsairs, Seniuk played a big hand in the Red Devils nearly pulling off the upset. Seniuk wouldn’t return an interception for a touchdown again, but he did end the night with three interceptions to along with two pass deflections and four tackles.
Honorable Mention: E.J. DeCue, Defensive Tackle, Tallahassee Pride – 4 sacks, 5 total tackles
In a week where the Tallahassee Pride’s vaunted defensive line got to the quarterback 10 times, Pride rookie defensive tackle, E.J. DeCue, stands on top. After a slow start to his rookie season with only two sacks in four games, DeCue has begun to show out, adding another seven sacks in three games. With four sacks this week, this is his second game with three or more sacks, both within the last three weeks. On the season, DeCue is currently 4th in sacks and 2nd on the team behind teammate Taqwuan Hale.