Talons Players Win af2 League Awards for 2004

August 17, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Tulsa Talons News Release

TULSA, Okla. - The Tulsa Talons of af2, coming off of a big 49-42 win this past weekend versus Louisville Fire, received great news this morning when the af2 league office announced that two of the Tulsa Talons players had received National Conference All-af2 Second Team awards for the 2004 season. The head coaches select the teams.

Talons FB/LB Corky Martin made the National Conference All-af2 Second Team in his position. Martin (5-11, 235, Southwest Missouri State) 3-years experience has always been the fan’s favorite. Martin has played all three years of his professional career with the Talons and was part of the 2003 af2 ArenaCup Championship team. In the regular 2004 season, Martin set a personal record in rushing with 52 attempts for 164 yards and 13 touchdowns. On defense, Martin has 10 solo and 10 assisted tackles for a total of 15.0, 4.0 tackles for loss for 29-yards, one break up, and seven quarterback hurries. In last week’s playoff game, Martin rushed four times for 14 yards and one touchdown.

Talons QB Bob “The Killer” Bees also made the National Conference All-af2 Second Team in his position. Bees (6-3, 220, Rocky Mountain College) 5-years experience, first game with the Talons was on May 8 vs. Bossier City. Since then, the Talons have recorded 12 wins, 11 consecutive, and one loss. This is Bees first season with the Talons. In the past, Bees spent his professional career with the Richmond Speed of af2 for three seasons. As of August 4, 2004, Bees became a member of the 200/10,000 Club for af2 with 227 touchdown passes and 11,688 yards. As of August 6, 2004, Bees was ranked second in pass rating (118.7).

“We are very happy for the honor that Bob and Corky have received from the league. We feel that they represent this team as a whole with their attitude, work ethic and effort on the field,” stated Head Coach Ken Matous.

“Corky Martin and Bob Bees are two great players, who bring experience, knowledge and a winning attitude to this football team. We are very fortunate to be able to have these two athletes involved with the Talons football program. I feel as though their teammates look up to them when things get tough and that they respond with leadership,” stated Defensive Coordinator Ian Cooper.

This Week:

The Tulsa Talons are preparing for Saturday night’s game against the Peoria Pirates who are the number five seed in the 2004 af2 ArenaCup Playoffs. Tulsa and Peoria have met six times with Tulsa winning five of the six. The last time these two teams met was on April 23, 2004 at the Tulsa Convention Center, where Tulsa scored three touchdowns with only seconds remaining on the clock in the first, second, and third quarter. The Talons were a complete team that night winning all three of the player game awards against the Pirates 66-47 (Offense: Michael Wall, Defense: Robert Reed, Ironman: Bjorn Barre).

“Peoria is a very physical team that plays tremendous defense and has improved offensively under Webb’s guidance and leadership. Coach Cowdrey knows how to win in the playoffs and Peoria has a deep, rich tradition of winning. This will be a very tough, physical game,” stated Head Coach Ken Matous.

“With winning eight of their last nine games, you know Peoria will come with their “A” game. Coach Cowdrey has done an excellent job with his game schemes; his skill players have improved tremendously throughout the season. We have to do a good job on our defensive coverage and apply pressure on the QB. Again, we are faced with another explosive and physical football team. We need to be mentally, physically and emotionally ready this Saturday,” stated Defensive Coordinator Ian Cooper.

TALONS NOTES: The Talons will continue the 2004 season on August 21 at the Tulsa Convention Center for the third- round of Playoffs vs. Peoria Pirates. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available by calling the Talons ticket office at 918-294-1000. Fans may view ticket pricing and seating map by visiting www.tulsatalons.com.

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