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Martinez, Payne and Santoso Named OurSports Central UFL Players of the Week

by Fran Stuchbury
May 14, 2024 - United Football League (UFL)
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Birmingham Stallions quarterback Adrian Martinez, Arlington Renegades linebacker Donald Payne, and San Antonio Brahmas kicker Ryan Santoso were named the OurSports Central United Football League Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Unsung Hero of the Week, respectively, for week seven of the UFL season.

Martinez connected on 21-of-33 pass attempts with three touchdown passes, and added a team-leading 60 rushing yards on seven carries in the Stallions' 30-26 victory over the St. Louis Battlehawks. The Stallions have now won 14 straight games.

Honorable mention goes to Arlington Renegades quarterback Luis Perez who completed 27 of 32 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns in their 47-23 victory over the Memphis Showboats. Another honorable mention goes to Michigan Panthers running back Matthew Colburn II who carried 16 times for 137 yards in the Panthers' 22-9 win over the D.C. Defenders.

Defensively, Payne made six total tackles, one sack and recorded a forced fumble to help the Renegades pick up their first win. Payne played with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars from 2017 until 2019, then with the United States Football League's Houston Gamblers in 2022 where he led the league with 117 total tackles and made the All-USFL team. Arlington selected him in the third round of the XFL Supplemental Draft.

San Antonio Brahmas linebacker Tavante Beckett earned honorable mention with nine total tackles, and one and a half sacks in the Brahmas' 15-12 victory over Houston Roughnecks.

Ryan Santoso connected on a game-winning, 51-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Brahmas over Houston. Santoso also connected on a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Santoso had stints with several NFL teams including the Tennessee Titans in 2019, New York Giants in 2020, along with the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions in 2021.

Santoso's game-winner improved the Brahmas to 5-2, tied with St. Louis atop the XFL Division.

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