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Walker, Rotimi and Russell Named OurSports Central XFL Players of the Week

by Fran Stuchbury
February 10, 2020 - XFL (XFL)

Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker, New York Guardians defensive end Bunmi Rotimi and St. Louis BattleHawks wide receiver Alonzo Russell were named the OurSports Central XFL Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Unsung Hero of the Week, respectively, for week one of the XFL season.

Walker completed 23 of 39 passes for 272 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Houston Roughnecks' 37-17 season-opening victory over the Los Angeles Wildcats. He also displayed timely mobility, running for 24 yards on four carries. Walker, 24, played college football at Temple and was on the Indianapolis Colts practice roster in 2017 and 2018. He joined the Roughnecks as a Tier 1 quarterback allocation.

Walker's 50-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Cam Philips resulted in the first touchdown in Houston Roughnecks history.

Rotimi finished with nine combined tackles, one sack, two quarterback hits, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble in the New York Guardians' stifling 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay Vipers. Rotimi, 24, finished his college career at Old Dominion with 138 total tackles and 19 sacks in four seasons.

Highlights from the Guardians' shut-down defensive performance:

Russell contributed a game-winning, nine-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter in the St. Louis BattleHawks' 15-9 upset decision over the Dallas Renegades. Russell, 27, caught 202 passes for 3,076 yards and 24 touchdowns in the four seasons he played college football at Toledo. He spent the 2018 season on the New York Giants practice roster.

His nine-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Ta'amu gave the BattleHawks a 12-9 lead in the fourth quarter.

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