By Chris Colon, Hunter Jones, and Zack Sandlin
Offensive Player of the Week
Robert Redford RB Las Vegas – 19 carries, 367 rushing yards (19.3 yards per carry), 6 rushing touchdowns, 2 catches, 8 receiving yards
This past week Robert Redford ran for 367 yards, six touchdowns on just 19 carries for an average of 19.3 yards per carry. All of those are career-highs except for the carries. He not only tied the single game rushing touchdown record with six but also came just 57 yards short of the single-game rushing yards record of 424 yards set by Darnell Black back in season six with the Houston Hyenas. That’s about three carries shy according to his YPC that day. His game vaulted him to 8th in rushing yards, 3rd in yards per carry and 5th for touchdowns while being just 13th in carries, the only running back in the SFL with top five stats in every rushing category while being 10th or lower in carries.
Stephen Hacker WR Queen City – 16 catches, 360 yards, 22.5 yards per catch, 4 receiving touchdowns
This isn’t really an Honorable Mention as much as it is Offensive Player of the Week 1B. Stephen Hacker was just a shade behind a single-game record himself, ending the game just 17 yards short of D.R. Sim’s 377 receiving yards also in season six. Obviously all of his stats in this game are career highs. But this game hasn’t been all he’s done this season. He’s 6th in the league in catches, 3rd among wide receivers, 3rd in receiving yards and 2nd in receiving touchdowns. While this game certainly boosted him up, it can’t be understated how well Hacker has played all season. The only real mark he doesn’t shine is yards per catch with 14.3 which even then is above average.
Defensive Player of the Week
E.J. DeCue DT Tallahassee – 8 total tackles (7 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle), 7.0 sacks, 7 tackles for loss
“SACKS, GET YA SACKS OVER HERE!” Is what E.J. was saying as he brought down the quarterback 7 times. Simply, E.J. was a mad man on the field against Chicago. He was exploding through the line and was unstoppable.
Kevin Bane DE Alaska – 5 total tackles (5 solo tackles), 3.0 sacks, 3 tackles for loss
Was it Defensive Line week? Kevin Bane was a freak this snagging 3 sacks and 5 tackles along with piling up 3 tackles for loss. Exploding through from the edge and was a force that Houston had no answer for.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Chris Braun WR Vancouver – 4 punt returns, 21 punt return yards (5.3 yards per return), 6 kick returns for 149 kick return yards (24.8 yards per return)
Braun was quite the force when returning kicks for the Legion this week. Averaging almost 25 yds a return is a great way to put your team in great field position and in a place to win. Which, Vancouver did this week. Way to go Braun. You helped put your team in a position to win.
Mason Kirby WR Dallas– 2 punt returns, 7 punt return yards (3.5 yards per return) 6 kick returns, 129 kick return yards (21.5 yards per return)
Kirby was able to help his Lobos route the Renegades this week by producing some great returns to put Dallas in good field position that Dallas took advantage again and again and again…
Shark Tarkington K Baltimore – 4/4 field goals, 52 yard long
Tarkington was automatic this week, yet again connecting from 50+. This guy deserves a bronze leg or something for what he’s been doing this season. Unfortunately, his Vultures came up short this week, thought it wasn’t because of Shark.