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Sanders, Gorrie and Forbes earn week five honors

May 4, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

CHICAGO - Manchester quarterback CHRIS SANDERS, Florida full back/linebacker STEVE GORRIE and Quad City defensive specialist MATT FORBES have been named the Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player, U.S. Army Ironman and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 5 of the 2004 season.


Sanders (6-2, 215, Tenn.-Chattanooga), in his second season, produced a flawless performance to lead the Manchester Wolves past division rival Albany 51-34 Friday night. Completing over 77 percent of his passes, Sanders went 17-for-22 totaling 271 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. In addition to his mastery of the passing game, Sanders exploited the Conquest defense by running seven times for six yards and three additional touchdowns. This is the first weekly honor for Sanders this season. He won the Offensive Player of the Week award one other time in Week 4 of the 2002 season as a member of the Roanoke Steam. Shortly after the stint in Roanoke, Sanders was signed by the Tennessee Titans of the NFL but was released during the preseason. Sanders spent last season with the AFL's Buffalo Destroyers, appearing in five games.


Gorrie (6-0, 242, Presbyterian), in his first af2 season, helped the Firecats charge past the Macon Knights 58-23 on Saturday night with a solid all-around effort. The all-time leading rushing and scorer at Presbyterian College rumbled for 57 yards on nine carries, reaching the endzone three times. Averaging 6.3 yards per carry, Gorrie's longest run was his 15-yard touchdown late in the game. The 57 rushing yards set a league high for 2004 and it broke a Firecats single-game record. On defense, Gorrie made two solo stops and had three pass break-ups to help hold Macon under 25 points for the first time in Knights history. This is the first weekly accolade for Gorrie in his career. He is also the first Firecat to be honored since Ken Mastrole won Offensive Player of the Week


Forbes (5-10, 175, William Penn), playing in his second season, led a sound defensive effort for Quad City as the Steamwheelers shutdown a potent Green Bay offense 47-26 Saturday night. The Blizzard offense had averaged 53 points per game coming into the matchup against Quad City. The team leader in tackles, Forbes registered a game-high eight solo stops and he forced a fumble early in the fourth quarter as the Blizzard were trying to cut the Steamwheelers lead to one score. In addition, Forbes broke up five passes and had two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter to thwart another Green Bay drive. This is the first weekly honor of Forbes' career and he is the second Steamwheeler to win a weekly award this season as Jeff Hewitt was named Offensive Player for Week 1.

Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Bossier-Shreveport's Sherard Poteete, Bakersfield's Rennard Reynolds, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's J.R. Thomas, Cape Fear's Chris Wallace, Florida's Ken Mastrole, Rio Grande Valley's Will Burch, Quad City's Jeff Hewitt, Tennessee Valley's Kyle Henderson, Peoria's Louie Aguiar, Oklahoma City's Craig Strickland.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Manchester's Kelvin Fuller, Bossier-Shreveport's Francisco Kelly, Bakersfield's Nick Onaindia, Louisville's Tony Stallings, Cape Fear's Darvell Bivens, Florida's Cainon Lamb, Rio Grande Valley's Karleton Thomas, Quad City's Brian Berg, Tennessee Valley's Ronney Daniels, Oklahoma City's Al Hunt.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Manchester's Reggie Robinson, Rob Green, Bossier-Shreveport's Shadrick McAfee, Bakersfield's Kevin Carroll, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Ameer Riley, Cape Fear's Antwon Robinson, Florida's Roy Stabler, Rio Grande Valley's Raymond James, Quad City's Danny Thomas, Tennessee Valley's Carl Bucknor, Oklahoma City's James Landers.

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