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Bees, McNeary and Hattley take week 12 honors

June 22, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

CHICAGO - Tulsa quarterback BOB BEES, Birmingham wide receiver/defensive back CARLOS MCNEARY and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wide receiver/defensive back JAMIE HATTLEY have been named the Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player, U.S. Army Ironman and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 12 of the 2004 season.


Bees (6-3, 220, Rocky Mountain College), in his fourth season, was responsible for all nine touchdowns the Talons scored in their 62-34 victory over the Wichita Stealth. The win puts the Talons in a tie with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz for first place in the Southwest Division and one game ahead of the Stealth in the standings. Bees completed 22 of 29 passes for 250 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. Bees also ran in a touchdown from one-yard out in the second quarter. The Talons took control of the game early, jumping out to a 21-0 lead. Only two of Tulsa's nine scoring drives were longer than three plays long. All of this against a Stealth defense that entered the game with the sixth best defense in the af2, giving up only 39.9 points a game. This is the second time Bees has won a weekly award. He won this same honor in Week 14 of 2002 with the Richmond Speed. Bjorn Barre was the last Talons player to be honored, winning the U.S. Army Ironman of the Week award in Week 4 of this season.


McNeary (5-11, 180, Bethel College), in his second season, cannot be blamed for Birmingham's 67-64 loss to the Tennessee Valley Vipers this past week. Making plays in all three facets of the game, he was responsible for one of the best all around individual performances this season. On defense McNeary recorded 1.5 tackles (one solo), an interception, and an additional pass defended. Then on offense he caught seven passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns. Finally, on special teams he returned four kickoffs for 112 yards including a 53-yard touchdown and he returned one field goal for eight yards. His numbers add up to 293 total all-purpose yards for the game. This is the first league award for McNeary. Jerry Turner and Anthony Jordan won the ADT Defensive Player of the Week award in Week's 2 and 6 this season.


Hattley (5-11, 160, Charleston Southern), in his second season, led a Pioneers defense that held the Albany Conquest to just seven first half points as the Pioneers took a 42-7 lead into the break. The 35-point half time deficit was the largest in Conquest history. Hattley's big play came in the second quarter. As the Conquest were driving to come within seven points of the Pioneers, Hattley intercepted a D. Bryant pass in his own endzone and returned it to the Pioneers 15 yardline. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored on the ensuing possession, giving them a 28-7 lead, a margin they would only extend. On the night, Hattley also recorded a week high 10.5 tackles (9UA 3A) including an assisted tackle for a loss. He also batted down a pass. This is the first weekly award for Hattley but the second for the Pioneers. Leroy McFadden won the U.S. Army Ironman of the Week accolade in Week 3.

Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Tennessee Valley's Jerrian James and Josh Kellett, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Tim Hicks, Manchester's Chris Sanders, Bossier-Shreveport's Bo Smith, Quad City's Ronnie Gordon and Jeff Hewitt, Peoria's Talmadge Hill, San Diego's Dwight Carter, Bakersfield's Eric Mahanke, Columbus' Troy Bergeron, Oklahoma City's Kris Peters, Florida's Magic Benton, Memphis' Kevin Prentiss, Hawaii's Darnell Arceneaux, Rio Grande Valley's Caleb Slover and Craig Cole.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's LeRoy McFadden, Manchester's J.J. McKelvey, Bossier-Shreveport's Reggie Perkins, Quad City's Tim Dodge, Peoria's Brandon Campbell and Lawrence Matthews, Tulsa's Shan Jordan, San Diego's Jesus Reyes, Bakersfield's Ben McCombs, Macon's Hosea Laney, Oklahoma City's Kris Peters, Cape Fear's Mitch Galloway, Rio Grande Valley's McKinley Bowie, Albany's Cy Butler.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Memphis' Dahnel Singfield, Bossier-Shreveport's Willie Sheppard, Quad City's Matt Forbes, Louisville's Demont Smith, Tulsa's Anton Ceasar, Birmingham's Larry Huntington, San Diego's Rico Curtis, Bakersfield's Delvin Myles, Columbus' Rob Keefe, Oklahoma City's Matt Robillard, Florida's Quincy Sorrell, Rio Grande Valley's McKinley Bowie and Eddie Moten, Tennessee Valley's Michael Caraway, Tulsa's Antonio Dingle, Tennessee Valley's Travis McAlpine, Bossier-Shreveport's Reggie Perkins.

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