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Wilson, Dutton And Simpson Earn Week 7 Honors

May 18, 2010 - Arena Football League (AFL) News Release

TULSA - Jacksonville wide receiver JOMO WILSON, Cleveland quarterback JOHN DUTTON and Iowa defensive back JASON SIMPSON have been named the JLS Ironman, Russell Athletic Offensive Player and Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 7 of 2010. In addition to these three awards, the AFL is also highlighting the player who makes the best catch of the week, the playmaker of the week, and the highlight of the week. The Cutters Catch of the Week Award for Week 7 goes to Milwaukee wide receiver DAMIAN HARRELL, while Cleveland's wide receiver BEN NELSON has been named the Playmaker of the Week. The highlight of the week award has gone to Milwaukee's quarterback CHRIS GREISEN.


Wilson (6-0, 205, Eastern Oregon) was an integral part of the Shark's 70-49 victory over the Dallas Vigilantes in Week 7 action. Wilson caught ten passes for 123 yards and four touchdowns. However, Wilson's major contribution was for the Shark's special teams. In kickoff returns, Wilson broke his season high record with six returns for 141 yards. On the defensive side, Wilson had two tackles. RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Dutton (6-4, 230, Nevada) had the perfect night when he broke 600 touchdowns and 30,000 yards in the first half in the victory over Tulsa. Dutton also broke his season high yardage and touchdowns with completing 28-of-48 passes for 397 yards and nine touchdowns. The nine touchdowns tied the Gladiator's franchise record and set a new record for the Quicken Loans Arena. For the second week in a row, Dutton had zero interceptions.


Simpson (6-1, 198, Missouri) stopped the Chicago Rush's offense with two interceptions and ten unassisted tackles, breaking his previous season high record. He nabbed two of the three interceptions thrown by Chicago QB Russ Michna. Michna's three interceptions were a career-high. Simpson and the defense kept the Rush scoring to a season low of 30 points. His blocked kick in last seconds of the second quarter gave momentum to the Barnstormers, helping to propel them to the win.


Harrell (6-3, 20, Florida State) broke the AFL all-time receiving yards in the second quarter Friday night with an eight yard pass against Utah. With the clock winding down in the first half, Harrell caught one of the most important passes of his ten year career in the AFL when he broke the all-time receiving yards record of 13,363 previously held by Barry Wagner. Harrell also caught five other passes for a total of 75 yards and one touchdown in the Utah game. Harrell now has a total of 13,398 total yards.


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Nelson (6-2, 190, St. Cloud State) was consistently good in the Gladiators win against the Tulsa Talons. Against the Talons, Nelson had a season high six touchdowns and 202 yards from 13 receptions. This boosted Nelson to the top spot in total scoring in the AFL this season. Nelson scored in three of the quarters and caught the final pass from Dutton with three minutes left in the game to seal the victory.


Greisen (6-3, 220, NW Missouri St.) clinched the game in the final seconds of overtime with his pass to Nate Forse for a 2-point conversion. In overtime, Utah scored on their first possession, but Greisen threw a 43-yard pass to Tiger Jones. The Iron went for the 56-55 win with the pass to Forse. Greisen completed 21-of-34 passes for 308 yards and six touchdowns against Utah. Forse caught eight passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. This close win gave Milwaukee a perfect record at home this season, and didn't disappoint the fans at the arena or the ones watching on the NFL Network.

JLS Ironman of the Week candidates included:Utah's Brandon Hampton, Cleveland's Victor Williams, Orlando's Jerrian James, Bossier's Willis Marshall and Oklahoma City's Timon Marshall.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Milwaukee's Tiger Jones, Bossier's Byron Douzart, Orlando's Nick Hill, Jacksonville's Aaron Garcia, Iowa's Todd Blyth and Oklahoma City's Al Hunt.

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Milwaukee's Khreem Smith, Cleveland's Carlos Campbell, Bossiers Phillip Geigger, Alabama's Vince Hill, Jacksonville's RaJohn Myles and Spokane's Alex Teems.

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