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Georgia's Cooper, Los Angeles' Ingram and Colorado's McKenzie earn week two honors

February 17, 2004 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release

NEW YORK – Georgia Force offensive specialist MARKEITH COOPER, Los Angeles Avengers wide receiver/defensive back KEVIN INGRAM and Colorado Crush wide receiver/defensive back KEVIN MC KENZIE have been named Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player, ADT Defensive Player and U.S. Army Ironman of the Week, respectively, for Week 2 of the 2004 season.

Cooper (5-7, 175, Auburn), a third-year veteran, set a new team record for most single-game all-purpose yards with 270 in their 70-62 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Cooper had 132 receiving yards on five receptions and four touchdowns through the air and added 138 kickoff-return yards on five returns against the Storm. With eight seconds remaining in the first half, Cooper returned a kickoff 55 yards to tie the score at 35-35 at the break. His five-touchdown performance was a new Force team record for most all-purpose touchdowns in a game. He was named U.S. Army Ironman of the Game. This marks the first time that the former Tiger has earned an AFL weekly honor.

Ingram (6-0, 185, West Chester), a third-year veteran, scored three touchdowns in the Los Angeles Avengers' 62-55 victory over the Las Vegas Gladiators on Sunday, but none of them were his biggest play of the afternoon. Ingram's top moment came after the final buzzer as he batted down a potential game-tying pass that denied Las Vegas’ TERRILL SHAW his fifth touchdown reception of the game. Ingram finished with six receptions for 92 yards and three total touchdowns on offense and 5.5 tackles on defense. This marks the second time that the former Golden Ram has garnered an AFL weekly honor.

McKenzie (5-11, 183, Washington State), a third-year standout, spearheaded the Crush with a great two-way performance in a 55-37 victory over the Grand Rapids Rampage on Saturday. McKenzie recorded four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, added a 3-yard rushing touchdown, while recording 2.5 tackles and a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown on defense. With the victory, the Crush start the season at 2-0 and match 2003’s win total. This marks the second time that the former Cougar has earned an AFL weekly honor.

Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Carolina’s Matt Nagy, Chicago’s Lindsay Fleshman, Colorado’s John Dutton, Columbus’ Cornelius White, Dallas’ Jason Shelley, Detroit’s Andy Kelly, Los Angeles’ Tony Graziani, New Orleans’ John Fitzgerald, Orlando’s Cory Fleming and Tampa Bay’s Freddie Solomon and Shane Stafford.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Austin’s Tom Briggs, Chicago’s Donnie Caldwell, Colorado’s Rashad Floyd, Dallas’ Kevin Aldridge, Detroit’s Reggie Doster, New Orleans’ Chris Pointer, Tampa Bay’s Rod Williams.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Austin’s Charlie Davidson, Carolina’s Damien Groce, Chicago’s DeJuan Alfonzo, Dallas’ Will Pettis, Detroit’s Thabiti Davis, Georgia’s Markeith Cooper, Los Angeles’ Kevin Ingram, New Orleans’ B.J. Cohen


Week 1: Carolina QB Matt Nagy (Offensive); San Jose DS Omarr Smith (Defensive); New York WR/DB Will Holder (Ironman)

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