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Ordway named ADT Defensive Player of the Week, Storm remain atop Top 8 poll

February 8, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Tampa Bay Storm News Release

TAMPA, FL -- Tampa Bay Storm defensive specialist Jonathan Ordway was named the Arena Football League's ADT Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Ordway helped the Storm improve to 2-0 on the season with an outstanding performance in Tampa Bay's 62-45 victory over the Austin Wranglers. Ordway, in his third season with Tampa Bay, twice picked off Austin quarterback John Fitzgerald and also recorded 5.5 tackles and two pass breakups.

He returned his first interception of the game 49 yards for a Storm touchdown, tying the team record for the longest interception return in Storm history.

The former Armwood High School star helps to anchor one of the top defenses in the Arena Football League. The Storm are second in the league in points against, allowing just 39.0 points per game. Tampa Bay also leads the league in turnover margin and has picked off a league-high four passes this season.

Through two games, Ordway ranks fifth in the league in total tackles (14.0) and fourth in passes defensed (4) and is tied for the league lead in interceptions (2).

This marks the second straight week that a Storm player received an AFL weekly award. Last week quarterback Shane Stafford was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 1 performance against the defending ArenaBowl champion San Jose SaberCats.

New Orleans quarterback Andy Kelly was named the Week 2 Offensive Player of the Week. Philadelphia Soul wide receiver/linebacker Sean Scott earned Ironman of the Week honors.

In other news, the Storm remained ranked at the top of the Arena Football League Writers Association's Top 8 poll for the second straight week. The Storm received all but one first place vote. That lone vote instead went to the Orlando Predators, who occupy the No. 2 spot in the poll and host the Storm Friday night at the TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Fla.

San Jose moved into the third spot, followed by Chicago, Colorado, New York, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.

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