2015 Arena Football League – Week 8

Can things get any worse for the LA KISS? Yeesh! They lost yet another QB to injury this past week at Spokane when Matt Bassuener broke his throwing hand in a loss to the Spokane Shock. They’ve since acquired Danny Southwick (most noted for being the step-son of Larry King). Will Southwick be the answer for the KISS, or is this team just destined for futility? Maybe their fortunes change this week. Who knows.

Meanwhile, here’s a short recap of last week’s scores.

Orlando Predators 48, Philadelphia Soul 62
Los Angeles KISS 46, Spokane Shock 68
Jacksonville Sharks 46, Cleveland Gladiators 43
Arizona Rattlers 47, New Orleans VooDoo 39
Las Vegas Outlaws 28, San Jose SaberCats 61

Bye: Portland Thunder, Tampa Bay Storm

And now for the Weekly Awards.

Week 7 AFL MVP: QB B.J. Coleman, Arizona Rattlers

BJ Coleman Arizona Rattlers

Rattlers QB B.J. Coleman winds up for a pass against the VooDoo defense.

It’s not surprising to have a backup quarterback win a weekly award for a brilliant performance in relief of the team’s main QB. However, it is surprising when the QB has stats that are relatively poor win the MVP. The other two candidates had more impressive performances, but because this is a fan vote, Rattlers backup QB B.J. Coleman wins the award (though his name should never have been nominated to begin with). But alas, our MVP this week was 18 of 30 for 160 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT and a 58.1% completion percentage.

I’m sure Coleman and Rattler fans feel good about this, but the league should re-evaluate what names to put on the ballot before putting it out for the popular vote.

 

SaberCats QB Nathan Stanley and Shock QB Warren Smith were also nominated for Week 7 MVP.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: QB Nathan Stanley, San Jose SaberCats

Nathan Stanley San Jose Las Vegas

Rattlers QB Nathan Stanley was sensational filing in for injured starter Erik Meyer.

Now for a backup QB that actually looks like an MVP. Stanley filled in the shoes of the injured Erik Meyer against the Las Vegas Outlaws and proceeded to dismantle the expansion franchise’s defense. Stanley was nearly perfect, going 18 of 20 for 242 yards, 7 TD and 0 INT. Stanley’s proven he’s effective to play in this league, and in a league where the starting QB is vital for success, Stanley showed his value as a capable backup in the event things go wrong.

 

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: DE James Ruffin, Spokane Shock

James Ruffin LA KISS Spokane Shock

Spokane DE James Ruffin added more misery to the LA KISS offense in a 68-46 victory.

In a league that’s heavy on offense, Ruffin continues to excel on the defensive side of the ball. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year recorded two tackles, 1.5 of which were sacks, forced two fumbles and a fumble recovery that teammate Micah King recovered for a touchdown. Ruffin leads the league in sacks with 7.5.

 

For the complete list of winners, check out the official AFL Website.

And here’s the league’s statistical leaders after Week 7.

Passing:
Passing Yardage: 2,043; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Passing Touchdowns: 48; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 10; Shane Austin, Cleveland
Completion Percentage: 75.3%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 139.5; Randy Hippeard, Orlando

Rushing:
Rushing Attempts: 63; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 260; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 13; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville

Receiving:
Receptions: 63; Joe Hills, Jacksonville
Receiving Yards: 881; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Receiving Touchdowns: 16; Four Players Tied

Kick Returns:
Returns: 33; Ruschard Dodd-Masters, Spokane
Yards: 632; Brandon Thompkins, Orlando
Touchdowns:3; Three players tied

Defensive:
Sacks: 7.5; James Ruffin, Spokane
Interceptions: 5; James Romain, Philadelphia
Return Yards: 71; Tracy Belton, New Orleans
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 1; Ten players tied

Week 8 Schedule:

Friday, May 15th:

New Orleans VooDoo (2-5; 0-1 Away) at Cleveland Gladiators (4-3; 1-2 Home)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)

Saturday, May 16th:

Tampa Bay Storm (3-3; 1-1 Away) at Orlando Predators (3-4; 1-2 Home)
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST) on CBS Sports Network

Philadelphia Soul (7-0; 3-0 Away) at Jacksonville Sharks (2-5; 1-2 Home)
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)

San Jose SaberCats (7-0; 4-0 Away) at Spokane Shock (2-4; 2-1 Home)
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)

Las Vegas Outlaws (3-3; 1-2 Away) at Arizona Rattlers (5-2; 2-1 Home)
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
9:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (PST)

Los Angeles KISS (0-7; 0-5 Away) at Portland Thunder (2-4; 2-1 Home)
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
10:00 PM (EST), 7:00 PM (PST)

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