By Chris Colon, Hunter Jones, and Zach Sandlin
Offensive Player of the Week
Zack Sandlin: 28 carries, 291 YDS, 10.4 YPC, 4 TDs
Mr. Sandman strikes again, putting up another impressive performance in which he eclipsed the 250 yd mark and score multiple touchdowns. Sandlin looks to be almost unstoppable right now as he quite literally put the team on his back this week. It was said last week that it’s not often you see one running back rush for nearly 300 yards and score this many touchdowns. Sandlin has now done it twice. We’ll have to see if the Sandman can continue putting up performances like this, or if he will tail off going into post-season action.
Rob Roby: 30/36, 288 yds, 83.33 comp. %, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 116.2 QBR
Mr. Roby put up some impressive numbers of his own right as he and his Knights of London spoiled the Nightwings hopes of an undefeated season. Roby really looked impressive in command of the offense that had him right in the mix for POTW this week. Add that to the fact that he was able to do this against a Nightwings defense that has been really impressive lately and this was a hard choice to make. Any other week he likely would have been a shoo-in for OPOTW.
Ron Cockren: 30/36, 334 yds, 83.33 comp. %, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 112.3 QBR
The crafty veteran put together a classic performance against an impressive foe in the Aztecs of Mexico City. Mr. Cockren put on quite the show against a defense that is historically one of the best in the Simulation Football League. While he was able to put up more yards than Mr. Roby, having one less TD and a slightly lower QBR obviously makes him the inferior choice, right? I don’t believe it does, which is why he also gets the nod as an honorable mention this week.
Defensive Player of the Week
Kevin Bane, DE, Alaska Storm, 4 sacks, 5 TFLs, 9 total tackles
Alaska Storm defensive end Kevin Bane was an absolute force in the game against the Mexico City Aztecs. In that game, Bane recorded four sacks and five tackles for loss, both season highs. The performance ultimately helped the Storm beat the Aztecs 34-29. This game vaulted him to second in the league in sacks with 14.5 sacks, just behind Tulsa’s defensive end Gib Leedoo, who has 15.5 sacks.
Kanye Rockafella, FS, Tulsa Desperados, 2 INTs, 11 total tackles
While the Tulsa Desperados ultimately fell to the Vancouver Legion 30-27, Desperados free safety Kanye Rockafella played a great game. Two interceptions in a game alone is impressive, but also recording double digit tackles in the process is insane. Both his two interceptions and 11 total tackles are season-highs for Rockafella. Rockafella’s five interceptions this season are the third best among free safeties and the most among the Desperados defense.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Jeff Melinyshyn, 4 kick returns for 112 yards
That means he put the offense in great field position with every kick return. The London knights had great scoring opportunities from each return. Sir Jeff definitely did his best Devin Hester impression.
Aaron Arrington, 6 punt return for 62 punt return yards
This week goes to another returner. Aaron Arrington, on top of balling out on defense he added 62 punt return yards on 6 punt returns. However, he also added 71 kick return yards on 3 kick returns. This means he gave the Pharoahs great field position en route to a convincing win over Atlanta.