Arizona Rattlers WR Rod Windsor has been awarded Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, while Utah Blaze DB David Hyland has been named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week and San Jose SaberCats WR Fred Williams has been named J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for Week 7 of the 2013 NET10 Wireless Arena Football League season. In addition to these awards, the AFL is also awarding the Cutters Catch of the Week and AFL Highlight of the Week. Cleveland Gladiators WR Dominick Goodman earned the Cutters Catch of the Week, while San Jose SaberCats WR Fred Williams was awarded the AFL Highlight of the Week.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Windsor (6-2, 205, Western New Mexico) caught a season-high 15 passes for 159 yards and five touchdowns in Arizona's 58-48 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks in Week 7. Windsor has caught a touchdown pass in five straight games and at least three scores in three of the Rattlers' last four contests.
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hyland (6-0, 190, Morehead State) recorded a team-high 6.5 tackles, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and four pass breakups, including one on fourth down with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to preserve Utah's 52-48 victory over the Spokane Shock in Week 7. Hyland has recorded 31 tackles and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions on the season.
J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK
Williams (6-0, 195, St. Cloud State) caught four passes for 35 yards and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the SaberCats' 56-36 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 7. Williams finished the game with 182 all-purpose yards. He will be awarded a timepiece crafted by J. Lewis Small for his efforts.
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE WEEK
Goodman (6-1, 210, Cincinnati) went over-the-boards for a 17-yard touchdown grab in Cleveland's 36-56 loss to the San Jose SaberCats in Week 7. It was Goodman's second touchdown of the night. He also rushed for a score late in the second quarter. He will receive a Cutters hat and shirt in recognition of the catch.
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Williams (6-0, 195, St. Cloud State) returned two kickoffs for scores in San Jose's 56-36 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 7. Following Cleveland's first score of the game, Williams returned the kickoff 57 yards for a touchdown to extend the SaberCats' lead to 21-6 early in the second quarter. When the Gladiators scored for a second time just before the end of the first half, Williams struck again with a 55-yard kickoff return touchdown.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included : Iowa's Jesse Schmidt, Jacksonville's Jeron Harvey, Orlando's T.T. Toliver, Philadelphia's Tiger Jones, San Jose's Jason Willis, Tampa Bay's Adrian McPherson and Utah's Mario Urrutia.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included : Arizona's Marquis Floyd, Iowa's De'Mon Glanton, Pittsburgh's Alvin Ray Jackson, Philadelphia's LaRico Stevenson, San Jose's Jason Stewart and Tampa Bay's Pernell Phillips.
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week candidates included : Arizona's Nick Davila, Iowa's Marcus Harris, Pittsburgh's Alvin Ray Jackson, Philadelphia's Ryan McDaniel, Tampa Bay's Adrian McPherson and Utah's Aaron Lesue.The Arena Football League is also awarding the AFL MVP of the Week, where fans are given the opportunity to select the winner. Candidates include Arizona WR Rod Windsor, Iowa WR Marcus Harris and San Jose WR Fred Williams. Fans will have 24 hours to vote on ArenaFootball.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 8. The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 9.