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Destroyers Sweep UFL Player of Week Honors

September 26, 2011 - United Football League (UFL) - Las Vegas Locomotives News Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA (September 26, 2011) The Virginia Destroyers swept the Week 2 United League Football Player of the Week honors. Quarterback Chris Greisen, linebacker Tony Taylor and kicker Delbert Alvarado were honored for their contributions in Saturday's 34-17 victory over the Las Vegas Locomotives.

The Destroyers improved to 2-0 in their first-ever home game in front of 12,167 fans who braved rainy weather at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

Greisen, Offensive Player of the Week, improved his record to 5-0 as a UFL regular-season starting quarterback after going 18-for-23 for 204 yards and two touchdowns against Las Vegas. Those two touchdowns were a 35-yarder to wide receiver Aundrae Allison in the second quarter and a 31-yarder to wideout Huey Whittaker in the third quarter.

"I can't for the life of me figure out why he's not playing in the National Football League, because he is clearly an NFL player," said Destroyers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer. "There are some people who just have this certain intangible quality, and he has it - he has that ability to get people to respond to him so that they go where he wants them to go."

Greisen added: "The offensive line was why we were able to do so well. I only hit the ground twice all night, and they were opening holes for Adrian (Peterson) and Dominic (Rhodes)."

Greisen was 3-0 as a starter during the 2010 regular season with the Florida Tuskers, and finished 58-for-84 for 664 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He threw for 346 yards and ran for two touchdowns in the 2010 UFL Championship Game and later signed with the Dallas Cowboys. An Arena Football League veteran, he played the 2010 season with the Milwaukee Iron, and led the AFL in passer rating (128.2) and passing yards (5,146).

Taylor, the Defensive Player of the Week, had a team-high eight total tackles (six solo) to go with two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry for a defense that kept the Locos off the scoreboard until the third quarter, and gave up 273 yards for the game.

Taylor made his UFL debut for the Florida Tuskers in 2010, starting the final three regular season games and the UFL Championship Game at middle linebacker. He had two interceptions and 23 total tackles before posting four solo tackles in the title game. The former Georgia Bulldogs star played in all 16 regular season games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and registered 12 tackles.

Alvarado, the Special Teams Player of Week, was 4-for-4 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals of 31 and 35 yards, giving him a league-leading total of 21 points for the season. He also averaged 61.6 yards per kickoff with a touchback.

Honduran-born Alvarado served as both the kicker and punter for most of his collegiate career at South Florida. In 48 career games, he was 91-for-93 on extra points, 26-for-47 on field goals and averaged 40.3 yards on punts.

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