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Kelly Closes in on Milestone

February 27, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

25,000 YARDS ABOVE ALL: AFL’s career passing leader Detroit quarterback ANDY KELLY is 115 passing yards shy of becoming the AFL’s first quarterback in history to reach 25,000 yards. With his 309-yard performance last week, Arizona Rattlers’ SHERDRICK BONNER moved from the fourth to third on the career passing yards list. Kelly is first all-time (479) on the career passing touchdowns, followed closely by New York’s AARON GARCIA (473). Bonner and Grand Rapids’ CLINT DOLEZEL are the nearest active quarterbacks with 454 and 415 career touchdown passes, respectively.

TOP 10 CAREER PASSING YARDS LEADERS
Player Total
Andy Kelly * 24,885
Aaron Garcia * 23,848
Sherdrick Bonner * 23,479
Todd Hammel * 23,414
Clint Dolezel * 21,057
Jay Gruden 20,064
Fred McNair 19,359
Mike Perez 18,933
John Kaleo * 18,909
Rickey Foggie 16,950
* Indicates active player

ROAD WARRIORS: San Jose hits the road again to play their fourth road game in their first five games. After opening the season with a win at Arizona, the SaberCats dropped consecutive road games to Los Angeles and Georgia. Despite the losses, San Jose still owns a 17-7 (.708) record in regular-season road games since the start of the 2000 campaign.

SEEING RED ZONE: San Jose is a perfect 15-for-15 on scoring chances inside the red zone this season. The SaberCats have scored 13 touchdowns and converted two field goals once getting inside their opponents’ 10-yard line, including a 7-for-7 performance against Colorado last week.

DOLEZEL ON TARGET: Since joining the Grand Rapids Rampage in 2001, quarterback CLINT DOLEZEL is 18-4 in games where he throws less than two interceptions. The former East Texas State alum is 4-6 when he throws two or more in a contest. Dolezel has thrown for 415 touchdowns (No. 4 all-time) and 84 interceptions during his eight-year AFL career.

PICKIN’ IT: Dating back to last season and including playoffs, San Jose has had at least one interception in each of their last 10 games for a total of 19 picks. Nine of those interceptions belong to last year’s Rookie and ADT Defensive Player of the Year CLEVAN THOMAS (including six in 2003). For the second time this year, the SaberCats tied a team record with four interceptions in a single game. San Jose’s four picks against Colorado last week matched its season-high set on Feb. 9 against Los Angeles. The SaberCats have intercepted four passes in a game six times in their history.

A THREESOME FOR THE PREDS? If they keep producing at the same rate, Orlando will have three receivers gain 1,000-or-more yards in a single season for the first time in team history with TRAVIS MCGRIFF, THABITI DAVIS and CORY FLEMING. In Orlando’s previous 12 years of play, the Predators have only had 1,000-yard receivers in the same season once. In 1999, BARRY WAGNER (1,231) and BRET COOPER (1,027) accomplished the feat during the 14-game regular season. Don’t dismiss this statistic as the product of a 16-game regular-season schedule. All three players are on pace to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in 14 games.

ORLANDO POTENTIAL 1,000-YARD RECEIVERS
Player Through Week 4 14 Games 16 Games
Travis McGriff 406 1,421 1,624
Cory Fleming 299 1,047 1,196
Thabiti Davis 297 1,040 1,148
* Projected statistics, based on current per game average

HARRELL vs. BROWN: Colorado offensive specialist DAMIAN HARRELL is off to one of the best starts in AFL history. Through the first four weeks, Harrell has 15 touchdowns and 96 points. In 1994, Firebirds offensive specialist EDDIE BROWN had 20 touchdowns and 120 points during that same span. This week the two stars will go head-to-head on NBC at 3 p.m.

PLAYER, TEAM, YEAR SPAN REC YARDS TDs POINTS
Eddie Brown, Albany, 1994 First 4 games 42 625 20 120
*1994 Totals 101 1,324 44 288

Damian Harrell, Colorado, 2003 First 4 games 30 475 15 96
**Projected Finish 120 1,900 60 384
* Season consisted of 12 games.
** Projection over a 16-game season.

DICKEN FACTOR: Chicago quarterback BILLY DICKEN returned to the starting lineup last week and threw four touchdowns in helping the Rush (1-3) to a 54-53 victory over the previously undefeated Los Angeles Avengers. Over the past two seasons, the former Purdue signal-caller is 10-4 in games where he has thrown at least four touchdowns and 0-3 in games where he has failed to reach that mark. Including one season in arenafootball2 (Quad Cities, 2000), Dicken is 37-14 as an Arena Football starter.

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