UFL Names Players of Week 5

October 17, 2011 - United Football League (UFL) News Release

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Monday, October 17, 2011 - Two stars of the Sacramento Mountain Lions and an Omaha Nighthawks standout earned United Football League Player of Week 5 honors.

Sacramento Mountain Lions rookie quarterback MCLEOD BETHEL-THOMPSON claimed the Offensive Player of the Week for honor, while Omaha Nighthawks linebacker ANGELO CROWELL was recognized on defense and Mountain Lions return specialist AARON WOODS received the award for special teams.

United Football League Players of Week 5

Offense - McLeod Bethel-Thompson, QB, Sacramento Mountain Lions

Defense - Angelo Crowell, LB, Omaha Nighthawks

Special Teams - Aaron Woods, WR, Sacramento Mountain Lions

Bethel-Thompson made his first professional start in Saturday night's 27-20 overtime home win over the Virginia Destroyers. He finished the game going 25-for-46 for 260 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and he ran four times for 18 yards.

Mountain Lions head coach DENNIS GREEN said of his quarterback: "He had no good luck in college. He always showed promise and then something would happen. The first time I looked at him, I couldn't believe it. When he's good, he looks good. I think he's a pretty good player."

Bethel-Thompson played college football at Sacramento State after transferring from UCLA, spent time with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2011 NFL preseason and played 12 games with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League.

Crowell was a defensive standout in the Nighthawks' 13-6 loss at home to the Las Vegas Locomotives on Saturday night, posting five total tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Crowell made 12 NFL starts for the Buffalo Bills in 2005 and posted 119 tackles, 2 interceptions and a forced fumble. Injuries limited his playing time with the Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he signed with the Nighthawks in 2011 and is the team's leading tackler this season.

Woods once again set the UFL record for longest kickoff return with a 47-yarder in Saturday's victory. He returned three kickoffs for 97 yards and two punts for 21 yards in the win.

Woods was one of the top all-purpose threats during the 2010 UFL season and became the first player in UFL history to return a punt for a touchdown with his 60-yard score at home against Hartford. The Portland State product finished the season with 167 yards on 15 punt returns (11.1-yard average), 598 yards on 28 kickoff returns (21.4-yard average) and five catches for 23 yards.

All three players will be in action again when the 1-3 Nighthawks and 1-3 Mountain Lions meet at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Friday, October 21, at 7pm CDT / 8pm EDT.

• Discuss this story on the United Football League message board...

United Football League Stories from October 17, 2011


The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.


Sports Statistics from the Stats Crew