Schmidt Named the Alliance of American Football Special Teams Player of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - February 26, 2019 - The Alliance of American Football names week three players of the week following a weekend filled with big plays and record-setting performances.
Offensive player of the week: San Diego RB Ja'Quan Gardner. Gardner rushed 12 times for an Alliance single-game record 122 yards (10.2 yards per carry) and one touchdown in the Fleet's 31-11 win last week. Gardner's day was highlighted by an 83-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, the longest rush in Alliance history, as he became the first player with back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances (104 yards in week two).
Defensive player of the week: San Diego LB A.J. Tarpley. Tarpley tied for second on the team with five tackles and had a 27-yard interception return-touchdown, which proved to be the game-winning score, in San Diego's second consecutive home win.
Special teams player of the week: Birmingham P Colton Schmidt. Schmidt punted five times for a 49.2-yard gross average with a long of 57 yards in the Iron's 28-12 week three victory. Schmidt placed three of his five punts inside the 20 last week, tied for the most such punts in a single game in Alliance history, while helping Birmingham control field position throughout the day.
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Alliance of American Football Stories from February 26, 2019
- Birmingham Iron Weekly Game: vs San Antonio Commanders - Birmingham Iron
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- Gardner, Tarpley Earn AAF Weekly Honors - San Diego Fleet
- San Antonio Commanders Travel to Birmingham Iron on Sunday, March 3 - San Antonio Commanders
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