Colorado Crush Game notes
Colorado Crush (7-3) at Grand Rapids (3-7)
Date: April 8, 2006
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. MT
Site: Van Andel Arena (10,594)
Television: FSN (Matt Shepard: play-by-play, Rob Rubick: analyst)
* the game will be taped delayed and shown at 11:30 p.m. MT on FSN Rocky Mountain and 9:00 p.m. MT on FSN Detroit.
Radio: KHOW 630 AM (Marc Stout: play-by-play, Andy Lindahl: analyst)
Coaches: Mike Dailey, Colorado (95-61, 10th Year)
Sparky McEwen, G.R. (7-19, 2nd Year)
Officials: Referee: Pat Garvey
Umpire: Paul King
Head Linesman: Mike McCabe
Line Judge: Wayne Mackie
Back Judge: Dino Paganelli
Series Record: Crush led the all-time series 4-2
@ Colorado 55, G.R. 57 (2/7/03)
Colorado 55, @ G.R. 37 (2/14/04)
@ Colorado 69, G.R. 30 (4/23/04)
@ Colorado 72, G.R. 56 (2/5/05)
Colorado 52, @ G.R. 58 (4/20/05)
@ Colorado 66, G.R. 54 (3/5/06)
The 2005 ArenaBowl Champion Colorado Crush head out on the road for their final Central Division contest of the season to face the Grand Rapids Rampage on Saturday, April 8th at 5:30 p.m. MT.
Earlier this year, Colorado captured a 66-54 victory over the Rampage on March 5th. In that game, Crush WR/LB Willis Marshall amassed 275 all-purpose yards, the second highest single-game total in team history. His 198 kickoff return yards vs. Grand Rapids were also second all-time in the club record books.
Colorado comes into the game as a tale of two teams. Before last week's victory over Nashville, the Crush had committed 11 turnovers resulting in back-to-back losses to Los Angeles and Columbus. Against the Destroyers, Colorado's offense managed a franchise-low 21 points. Flash forward one week to last Saturday against Nashville and the Crush tied a franchise-high posting 77 points in a 77-47 victory over the Kats. In addition to the team record for points, Colorado set a club-record for total touchdowns with 11.
In the win over Nashville, QB John Dutton threw a career-high nine touchdown passes and OS Damian Harrell tied his career-high with five touchdown receptions. Dutton ranks second in the AFL in TD passes and third in total offense, while Harrell leads the league in scoring, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
The Grand Rapids Rampage enter the game having lost five of their last six games. Last week, the Rampage were held to a season-low 24 points in a 24-48 loss to the New York Dragons.
Grand Rapids will welcome the site of Van Andel Arena after back-to-back road contests the last two weeks. All three wins for the Rampage this season have come at home. In their last six regular season home games, Grand Rapids has won more games (five-of-six) and scored more points (60.5 per game) than any other team in the AFL.
Tues, April 4- 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Practice at Mile High Greyhound Park
Wed, April 5- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Practice at South Suburban Sports Dome
Thurs, April 6- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Practice at South Suburban Sports Dome
Fri, April 7- Travel to Grand Rapids
Sat, April 8- Crush at Grand Rapids, 5:30 p.m. MT
Sun, April 9- Return to Denver
Mon, April 10- Players Off Day
COLORADO CRUSH (7-3)
Date OPPONENT RESULT SCORE
Jan. 29 CHICAGO W 65-56
Feb. 5 at Georgia W 61-59
Feb. 12 LAS VEGAS W 65-55
Feb. 18 at Nashville L 36-58
Feb. 26 at Philadelphia W 48-38
March 5 GRAND RAPIDS W 66-54
March 10 at Chicago W 49-42
March 19 at Los Angeles L 57-60
March 25 COLUMBUS L 21-65
April 1 NASHVILLE W 77-47
April 8 at Grand Rapids
April 16 at Kansas City
April 21 UTAH
April 28 ORLANDO
May 6 at San Jose
May 12 ARIZONA
CRUSH NEXT WEEK:
The Crush travel to Kansas City for a second straight road contest when they take on the expansion Brigade on Sunday, April 16th at 11:00 a.m. The Brigade are co-owned by former Denver Bronco and Kansas City Chief Neil Smith. This season, the Brigade have gotten off to a 1-9 start with their lone victory coming against Columbus back in Week 4.
A look at how Colorado and Grand Rapids match-up on both sides of the ball based on 2006 regular season statistics:
Statistical COLORADO GRAND RAPIDS
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 3rd 54.5 16th 45.8
Scoring Defense 13th 53.4 12th 52.4
Total Offense (yds/g) 6th 288.3 16th 255.3
Total Defense (yds/g) 4th 266.7 7th 274.6
Pass Offense 5th 277.1 14th 243.3
Pass Defense 5th 245.6 6th 246.3
Rushing Offense 17th 11.2 15th 12.0
Rushing Defense 12th 21.1 17th 28.3
Passer Rating 8th 108.6 13th 96.9
Def. Passer Rating 14th 112.0 6th 102.7
Kickoff Returns (y/rtn) 8th 17.6 6th 18.3
MFG Returns 2nd 24.5 12th 11.0
Turnover Margin 18th -11 11th -1
Field Goals 3rd 3-5 10th 10-20
PATs 9th 68-76 11th 54-62
First Downs 2nd 217 17th 169
Opp. First Downs 9th 191 12th 201
Penalties (yds/g) 6th 39.7 T-17th 50.4
Sacks By 3rd 14-55 6th 13-63
Sacks Against 4th 4-27 9th 9-52
Time of Possession 10th 30:10 8th 30:33
Red Zone Offense T-9th 42-53 15th 39-52
Red Zone Defense 18th 45-50 4th 40-53
Grand Rapids QB Jose Davis played for Colorado from 2004-2005 ... Rampage OL/DL Bryant Shaw was a member of the Crush for three seasons (2003-2005)...Crush WR/DB Willis Marshall played his first three seasons in Grand Rapids (2001-03) and won an ArenaBowl title (XV) with the Rampage in 2001.
THE CRUSH THIS SEASON ARE:
O H R
Overall Record 7-3 4-1 3-2
Overtime Games 0-0 0-0 0-0
Score first 3-0 2-0 1-0
Opponent scores first 4-3 2-1 2-2
Score 40+ points 7-1 4-0 3-1
Score less than 40 points 0-1 0-0 0-1
Games decided by 10+ pts 4-1 3-0 1-1
Games decided by 7 pts or less 3-0 1-0 2-0
Games decided by 3 pts or less 2-1 1-0 1-1
Lead at halftime 4-1 2-0 2-1
Trail at halftime 2-2 1-1 1-1
Are tied at halftime 1-0 1-0 0-0
Lead after 3rd quarter 6-1 4-0 2-1
Trail after 3rd quarter 0-2 0-1 0-1
Are tied after 3rd quarter 1-0 0-0 1-0
Lead time of possession 4-2 2-1 2-1
Trail time of possession 3-1 2-0 1-1
Positive turnover margin 3-0 2-0 1-0
Negative turnover margin 2-3 1-1 1-2
Even turnover margin 2-0 1-0 1-0
More total yards offense 4-3 1-1 3-2
Less total yards offense 3-0 3-0 0-0
On Fridays 1-0 0-0 1-0
On Saturdays 1-2 1-1 0-1
On Sundays 5-1 3-0 2-1
vs. American Conference 5-2 4-0 1-2
vs. Central Division 4-1 3-0 1-1
vs. Western Division 1-1 1-0 0-1
vs. National Conference 2-1 0-0 1-0
vs. Eastern Division 1-1 0-1 1-0
vs. Southern Division 1-0 0-0 1-0
Feb. 10, 2006- Signed QB Todd Hammel. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Berg.
Feb. 17, 2006- Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Aaron Johnson.
Feb. 20, 2006- Waived WR/DB Toure Carter.
Feb. 25, 2006- Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Berg.
March 5, 2006- Placed on Emergency Hold K Clay Rush. Signed Emergency K Jason Ball.
March 6, 2006- Placed on Injured Reserve K Clay Rush. Activated from Emergency Kicker Jason Ball.
March 9, 2006- Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Aaron Johnson. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger.
March 13, 2006 Waived K Jason Ball.
March 18, 2006- Re-Signed FB/LB Rich Young. Activated from Injured Reserve K Clay Rush, FB/LB Rich Young. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Watton.
March 24, 2006- Re-Signed OL/DL Chris Berg. Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Berg.
March 31, 2006- Re-Signed OL/DL Seante Williams. Activated from Injured Reserve OL/DL Chris Watton, OL/DL Seante Williams. Placed on Injured Reserve OL/DL Craig Heimburger, FB/LB Rich Young.
MIKE DAILIEY, Colorado (95-61, 10th Year): Dailey enters his third season in Colorado and tenth as head coach in the AFL, after becoming the Crush's second head coach on June 26, 2003. Dailey joined the Crush following 13 seasons in the Albany/Indiana Firebirds organization, including the final seven as head coach.
One of the most successful and well-respected coaches in AFL history, his teams have made seven postseason appearances and he has won four division titles and two championships.
Last season under Dailey's guidance, the Crush captured their first Central Division title en route to claiming a 51-48 victory in ArenaBowl XIX giving Colorado their first AFL championship in only their third year of existence. With the team's win over Chicago in the American Conference championship game on June 5th, Dailey became the fourth winningest coach in AFL history surpassing Perry Moss.
In his first season in Colorado, Dailey helped guide the Crush to the largest turnaround in AFL history, inheriting a 2-14 team and leading them to an 11-5 record in 2004, tied for the best in the league. He also led the Crush to their first playoff appearance and first win, advancing to the AFL Semifinals.
In 1999, Dailey led the Firebirds to their only ArenaBowl championship and was named AFL Coach of the Year. Before being named head coach of the Firebirds in 1997,
Dailey served as an assistant in Albany for five seasons.
Dailey began his AFL coaching career with the Washington Commandos where he served as offensive/defensive line coach in 1990. He joined the Firebirds organization in the same capacity in 1991.
Prior to the AFL, Dailey worked as an assistant coach at Towson State University and was the offensive coordinator at Montgomery College-Rockville (Md.). Dailey got his start in coaching in 1981 as a 22-year-old assistant at Georgetown Prep High School in Rockville, Md. The move to coaching followed a semi-pro football career in the Washington D.C. area.
All-Time Winningest AFL Coaches
Rank Name-Team Wins
1. Tim Marcum- Tampa Bay 182
2. Danny White- Utah 144
3. Mike Hohensee- Chicago 99
4. Mike Dailey- Colorado 95
5. Perry Moss- not active 86
6. Darren Arbet- San Jose 86
7. Michael Trigg- not active 80
8. John Gregory- not active 73
SPARKY McEWEN, Grand Rapids (7-19, 2nd Year): McEwen became the Grand Rapids Rampage's fourth head coach in team history on August 13, 2004. He was the Rampage's offensive coordinator during the team's best three years on the field (2001-03), which included winning ArenaBowl XV in his first season. During those three years, the Rampage's offense scored more points and gained more yards and points than any other team in the AFL.
For 2004, McEwen was the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for the Okalahoma City Yard Dawgz of arenafootball2. The Yard Dawgz (10-6) finished with the af2's 2nd-best scoring team (56.8 points/game in 25-team league).
McEwen was a quarterback on the Rampage's inaugural 1998 season. He appeared in 5 games and had a 2-1 record as starting quarterback with 477 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns and 6 rushing scores. McEwen was the starting quarterback for Ferris State University in from 1987-90.
During his eight years as head coach of his high school alma mater (Creston), McEwen posted a 43-30 record, including a 42-10 record over the last five seasons. Creston won back-to-back City League titles in 2000 & 2001 and posted the teams first winning season since 1978 in 1999. The team posted winning seasons the last four years and made the state playoffs in each of those seasons. In all, he helped nearly 50 players receive collegiate football scholarships.
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET:
DENVER -- Only the stragglers of the Grand Rapids Rampage kickoff-coverage unit kept Willis Marshall from the promised land.
Whether it was a tackle from behind or a diving, hit-absorbing stop by Rampage kicker Peter Martinez, Grand Rapids put up just enough roadblocks to keep Marshall out of the end zone on his seven kickoff returns. They didn't, however, preclude him from dashing upfield for an average of 28.3 yards on seven returns. That pace set the Colorado Crush in good field position from start to finish Sunday afternoon and helped propel them to a 66-54 win in front of 14,597 at the Pepsi Center.
But the way Colorado's offense moved the ball, it wasn't an issue. It scored on 10 of its first 11 possessions, and at one point found the end zone on six consecutive drives, a streak that wasn't snapped until the game's final seconds, when the Crush looked merely to gain positive yardage and run out the clock, and not to extend a 12-point lead.
Nine of the Crush's 10 scoring drives found the end zone, and five of the nine touchdowns landed in Damian Harrell's hands, as he snagged nine passes for a season-high 149 yards. He wasted no time beginning his scoring, catching a 20-yard scoring pass from John Dutton on the game's first play from scrimmage.
That touchdown commenced a day-long theme of running plays to get Harrell into single coverage or, in the case of that touchdown, into wide-open space. Dutton veered left upon taking the snap and the flow of the play went in that direction. Harrell, meanwhile moved to the right side of the field. By the time he got inside the 5-yard-line, no Rampage defenders were in sight, and Dutton threw across the field and found the offensive specialist at the goal line for the touchdown.
Three of Harrell's five touchdowns came on one-play possessions, including the game's first and last scores.
Colorado kicker Clay Rush missed the game with an upper-right leg strain. Jason Ball, who last kicked with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of af2, filled in and made seven-of-nine extra-point attempts, along with a 25-yard field goal.
DENVER -- A week after scoring an all-time franchise low 21 points, the Colorado Crush matched its club single-game scoring record in a 77-47 rout of the Nashville Kats in front of 14,084 at Pepsi Center on Saturday evening.
The Crush never trailed against the Kats, but it took a run of 21 unanswered points in the second quarter in order to take control of the proceedings against its Central Division rivals. Colorado's defense posted back-to-back defensive stops in the second quarter, first forcing a turnover on downs and then coaxing an interception off the arm of Leon Murray. Nashville's final first-half drive ended in a 53-yard field-goal try that missed wide left.
The teams traded touchdowns through most of the second half, and both roared out of halftime, with each team scoring twice in the first six minutes of the third quarter. Ahmad Hawkins then intercepted Murray on the next play from scrimmage, giving the Crush a possession that allowed the team to permanently claim control of the game.
Dutton and offensive specialist Damian Harrell shared Offensive Player of the Game honors. The two connected 12 times for 134 yards and five touchdowns. Dutton was 26-of-41 overall for 270 yards and a career- and franchise-record nine touchdown passes.
Murray amassed 286 yards and four touchdowns on 15-of-27 passing, but threw four interceptions. Floyd snared two of the errant passes, while two-way players Hawkins and Andy McCullough each had one.
Colorado moved to 7-3 win the win, placing it one game ahead of the 6-4 Kats. The Crush also claimed a potential tiebreaker against the Kats with the 30-point win.
Nashville beat Colorado 58-36 in the teams' Feb. 18 duel, but the Crush's Saturday win allowed it to claim a cumulative point-differential edge, which is the second Arena Football League tiebreaker after head-to-head results.
The tiebreaker led to a bizarre sequence that saw the Crush passing the football in the game's final minute while holding a 23-point lead. The Crush scored to take a 30-point edge, and then Nashville went deep repeatedly on its next possession, looking to trim the lead to 22 and force the scenario to tiebreak No. 3: common opponents.
THINGS TO WATCH:
Colorado Crush offensive specialist and reigning AFL Offensive Player of the Year Damian Harrell currently leads the league in touchdowns with 35 and is on pace to break the AFL single-season receiving touchdowns record of 46. The current touchdown mark is shared by five different players (last- Siaha Burley in 2005).
Harrell is on pace to catch 56 touchdowns this season.
Harrell also leads the AFL with 210 points scored. He is on pace for 336 points, which would break the single-season record of 310 set by San Jose WR/DB Barry Wagner in 1997, while Wagner was playing for the Orlando Predators.
IS THAT THE SAME TEAM:
Just one week after scoring a franchise-low 21 points vs. Columbus (3/25), the Crush came back and tied their franchise-high scoring 77 points against Nashville (4/1).
In addition to the team record for points, Colorado also set a club-record for total touchdowns with 11 and set season highs for margin of victory (30), penalties (13) and penalty yardage (74).
The defeat handed Nashville their worst loss ever while, the Kats allowed more points than they ever have -- a history that includes the team's previous incarnation from 1997-2001.
Individually, a few Crush players had career nights against Nashville.
- WR/DB Ahmad Hawkins' two touchdown receptions were a career-high.
- Kicker Clay Rush tied his franchise record of making 11 extra points without a miss, matching the mark he set last year against the Philadelphia Soul, the only other time the Crush has scored 77 points.
- QB John Dutton threw a career-high nine touchdown passes.
- OS Damian Harrell tied his career-high with five touchdown receptions.
OH WHAT A NIGHT:
In a 65-21 loss to the Columbus Destroyers on March 25th, the Crush set several new club records- some good and some not so good.
Colorado committed a record seven turnovers on the night (four fumbles and three interceptions). The previous mark was six turnovers at San Jose (2/22/03).
The Crush's 21-point output was the club's lowest in their four-year history (previous 28 points @ New York 5/21/05).
The 44-point defeat was the second worse in team history only behind a 48-point loss to San Jose (41-89 on 4/22/05).
The lone bright spot on the night was the Crush defense was able to limit the Destroyers to just 173 yards of total offense setting a new team-record (188 @ New York, 4/18/04).
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH:
After finishing their inaugural season 0-8 at home, the Crush are now 19-4 under Mike Dailey (2-0 in the postseason) at Pepsi Center. Two of the three losses consist of an overtime field goal by Indiana's kicker Clay Rush (now with Colorado) in 2004, and a 51-48 Chicago win in 2005 on a field goal with three seconds remaining.
BUILDING A WINNING TRADITION:
The Crush are the winningest team in the AFL since head coach Mike Dailey's arrival, having tied for the league's best record in 2004 (11-5) and finishing with the American Conference's top seed in 2005 (10-6).
Team 2004 2005 2006 Total
Colorado 11 10 7 28
Orlando 10 10 6 26
New York 9 10 6 25
Tampa Bay 9 10 6 25
Chicago 11 9 4 24
San Jose 11 9 4 24
Los Angeles 9 10 3 22
IT'S NOT OVER TILL IT'S OVER:
Since head coach Mike Dailey has arrived in Colorado in 2004, the Crush have claimed victory in the final minute of the game in six contests. Both of the Crush wins in 2006 have come down to the final 60 seconds of play.
- vs. Las Vegas (2/6)- QB John Dutton tosses two touchdown passes to OS Damian Harrell in the final 12 seconds to give Colorado a stunning 43-42 victory.
- at Detroit (5/23)- QB John Dutton found WR/DB Willis Marshall for a 10-yard touchdown pass with one second on the clock as the Crush won 45-42.
- vs. Nashville (5/13)- K Clay Rush splits the uprights on a 31-yard field goal as time expires to give Colorado a 52-49 win.
- vs. Georgia (6/12)- K Clay Rush connects on a 20-yard field goal as time expires to give the Crush a 56-48 victory in ArenaBowl XIX.
- vs. Chicago (1/29)- QB John Dutton hits OS Damian Harrell for a touchdown with one second remaining as the Crush go on to win 65-56.
- at Georgia (2/5)- QB John Dutton finds OS Damian Harrell for a 13-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left to lift Colorado to a 61-59 victory.
After allowing 14 sacks in 2003 (12 on Dutton), the Crush pass protection has been stellar under head coach Mike Dailey. The team allowed just four sacks in 2004, and none after Week 6 at San Jose (3/14/04). Colorado did not allow a sack in their final 446 offensive plays of the 2004 regular season (10+ games).
The Crush allowed just six sacks in 2005, which includes an unforced fumble by QB John Dutton that the Crush recovered, on the opening play vs. Los Angele (2/27/05). On the 2005 season, Colorado held 10 opponents sackless.
The Crush have now allowed just nine sacks in their last 34 regular season games (total of 1,607 plays).
Following his selection to the All-Ironman team last season, Willis Marshall is making a case to make it two years in a row.
Against Grand Rapids (3/5), Marshall amassed 275 all-purpose yards, the second highest single-game total in team history (291- Willis Marshall, vs. San Jose 4/22/05).
His 198 kickoff return yards vs. the Rampage were also second all-time in club history (227- Willis Marshall, vs. San Jose 4/22/05).
Currently, he stands fourth in the AFL in all-purpose yards with 1,647 on the season (21 rushing, 572 receiving and 1,054 return).
THE STREAK STOPS HERE:
In Week 2, with the Crush's 61-59 victory over Georgia, Colorado snapped the Force's 11-game regular season home winning streak. Georgia's steak was tied for the third longest in AFL history. The Force had also won two playoff games in Philips Arena pushing their mark to 13 straight home games before the lost to Colorado.
Three weeks later, the Crush ended the Philadelphia Soul's perfect mark at home for the 2006 season. The Soul had started the year a perfect 3-0 at the Wachovia Center before Colorado captured a 48-38 victory on 2/26/06.
In a Week 7 contest at Chicago (3/10), the Crush broke through for their first-ever victory in Allstate Arena in three times with a 49-42 win. The victory also gave Colorado their first-ever season sweep over the Rush.
MAN OF STEEL:
A true AFL Ironman, Kyle Moore-Brown is in his 12th season in the league and has never missed a game. ArenaBowl XIX marked his AFL record 176th consecutive start. The first 139 all came with the Firebirds organization before he signed with the Crush prior to the 2004 season.
With Grand Rapids OL/DL Otis Moore missing two games in 2005, Moore-Brown now stands alone in the record books with 168 straight regular season games. Each had appeared in every game since 1995, with Moore-Brown having the overall edge with more playoff appearances.
AFL Record for Consecutive Games
Player (current team) Reg. Season Playoffs Total
Kyle Moore-Brown (Col.)* 168 18 186
Otis Moore (Gra.) 153 1 155
JUST FOR KICKS:
Crush kicker Clay Rush is among the all-time great AFL kickers. A two-time AFL Kicker of the Year, Rush currently ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list by kickers and fifth for field goals made.
AFL All-Time Leading Scorers (Kickers)
Rk Player Years Pres. Tm Points
1. Mike Black 1993-04 n/a 1,240
2. Steve Videtich 1996-pres. Utah 1,330
3. Remy Hamilton 1998-pres. L.A. 1,162
4. Clay Rush 1999-pres. Colorado 978
5. Daron Alcorn 1997-04 n/a 771
6. Kenny Stucker 1994-99, 2003 n/a 754
AFL Most All-Time Field Goals Made
Rk Player Years Pres. Tm FGM
1. Mike Black 1993-04 n/a 175
2. Steve Videtich 1996-pres. Utah 163
3. Remy Hamilton 1998-pres. L.A. 152
4. Kenny Stucker 1994-99, 2003 n/a 118
5. Clay Rush 1999-pres. Colorado 113
6. Daron Alcorn 1997-04 n/a 100
A BROKEN RECORD:
Damian Harrell has caught a touchdown pass in an AFL record 59 straight regular season games, including all 55 games as a member of the Crush. That streak is also the longest active streak of consecutive games scoring a TD. He broke the record for consecutive games with a receiving touchdown on 4/3/05 in the win over Las Vegas. It is also second-longest streak of consecutive games with a TD. Harrell's streak began with the Toronto Phantoms vs. Carolina on 7/4/02.
AFL Consecutive Games with a TD Reception
Player (team) Stk began Stk ended # Games
Damian Harrell (Tor/Col) 2002 (Wk 12) --- 59
Eddie Brown (Albany) 1997 (Wk 3) 2000 (Wk 1) 41
Eddie Brown (Albany) 1994 (Wk 1) 1996 (Wk 14) 33
Chris Jackson (LA) 2000 (Wk 1) 2002 (Wk 7) 28
AFL Consecutive Games Scoring a Touchdown
Player (team) Stk began Stk ended # Games
Eddie Brown (Alb/Ind) 1997 (Wk 3) 2002 (Wk 3) 65
Damian Harrell (Tor/Col) 2002 (Wk 12) --- 59
Chris Jackson (LA) 2000 (Wk 1) 2003 (Wk 14) 47
Barry Wagner (Orlando) 1992 (Wk 10) 1996 (Wk 11) 43
Eddie Brown (Albany) 1994 (Wk 1) 1996 (Wk 14) 33
AMONG THE BEST:
Here is a break-down on where some of the Crush players rank in the AFL in various categories this season:
PLAYER CATEGORY AFL RANK
OL/DL- Dustin Barno
QB- John Dutton
Passing TDs 2nd
Passing Yards 3rd
Total Offense 3rd
DS- Rashad Floyd
OS- Damian Harrell
Scoring (TDs) 1st Receptions 1st
Receiving Yards 1st
Receiving TDs 1st
WR/DB- Ahmad Hawkins
MFG Return Avg. 2nd
OL/DL- Hugh Hunter
WR/LB- Willis Marshall
All-Purpose Yards 4th
Kick Returns 1st
Kick Return Yards 1st
AND THE AWARD GOES TO:
The Crush have been recognized for some of their achievements this season, both as a team and as players by being honored with the following awards:
AFLWA Schutt Top 12 Poll
# 1 ranking- Week 1
# 1 ranking- Week 2
# 1 ranking- Week 3
# 1 ranking- Week 4
# 1 ranking- Week 7
# 1 ranking- Week 8
AFL Offensive Player of the Week
John Dutton- Week 1
Beckett.com Player of the Week
John Dutton- Week 1
AFLWA Player of the Week
Damian Harrell- Week 1
AFLWA Player of the Week
John Dutton- Week 10
ArenaFan Offensive Player of the Week
Damian Harrell- Week 1
ArenaFan Defensive Player of the Week
Rashad Floyd- Week 3
AFLWA pre-season Offensive Player of the Year
AFLWA pre-season Defensive Player of the Year
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