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Withy-Allen, Morant, Gorrie and Carey take Week 16 honors

July 20, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

CHICAGO - Hawaii quarterback SHAWN WITHY-ALLEN, Florida fullback/linebacker CHRIS MORANT, Florida fullback/linebacker STEVE GORRIE and Manchester wide receiver/defensive back ROBERT CAREY have been named the Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player, U.S. Army Co-Ironmen and ADT Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for Week 16 of the 2004 season.


Withy-Allen (6-4, 220, Hawaii), a rookie, stepped up big in place of the injured Darnell Arceneaux and helped deliver a crucial win for the Islanders in 62-59 decision over the Louisville Fire on Saturday night. In a record-setting performance, Withy-Allen completed 24-of-33 passes for 326 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed five times for 48 yards and two more scores. Setting team records in total offense (374 yards), completions (24) and completion percentage (.792), Withy-Allen's efforts kept the Islanders on track for the playoffs and possibly even the West Division title. He is the second Islander to be honored with a weekly award this season. Teammate Joshua Robinson collected the Defensive Player of the Week in Week 8.


Morant (6-0, 248, James Madison), in his second season, and teammate Steve Gorrie (6-0, 242, Presbyterian), a rookie, put together stellar all-around efforts as the Firecats downed the Laredo Law 67-17 on Saturday. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Firecats, marking the third consecutive year that Firecats have qualified for the postseason. Combining for 43 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, Gorrie's 26 yards on seven carries with two scores pushed his season total to a new af2 single season record of 447 yards. Morant, who had six carries for 17 yards and two scores, also returned a kickoff for 34 yards and ran back a blocked field goal for a 20-yard touchdown. Defensively, Morant racked up five tackles (four solo) one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit. Gorrie supplied two stops as well as a tackle for a loss. This is the first Ironman Award for Morant and the second for Gorrie, who won it back in Week 5. Morant and Gorrie are the first teammates to share a weekly award since Tim Lester and Russell Copeland did it with Memphis in Week 3 of the 2002 season. The last co-award winners came in Week 15 of the 2002 season when Quad City's Brent Browner and Cape Fear's E.J. Burt shared the Defensive Player of the Week honor.


Carey (5-10, 175, Lock Haven (PA)), in his first season, put forth an extraordinary effort against one of the league's best offenses on Friday night. Despite losing by 14 points to the first place Cape Fear Wildcats, Carey's play helped keep the Wolves in the game and in position to win. Against the third best offense in af2, Carey registered a game high 10.5 tackles (7UA-7AT) including a half tackle for a loss. He totaled three passes defended and also nabbed two interceptions, which both led to Wolves touchdowns. In fact, his second interception of the night led to the touchdown that put the Wolves up by one point at the end of the third quarter. This is the first time Carey has been honored with a weekly accolade. Teammate Chris Sanders was the last Wolves player to win a weekly award when he was named Offensive Player of the Week in Week 5.

Baby Ruth Real Deal Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Tennessee Valley's Jerrian James, Cape Fear's George Williams, Arkansas' Kevin Williams, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Leroy McFadden, Peoria's Jerald Burley, Oklahoma City's Joe Phears, Rio Grande Valley's Abel Gonzalez, Quad City's Ronnie Gordon, Bakersfield's Steve Wofford, Memphis' Michael Wall, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Tim Hicks, Columbus' Troy Bergeron, Wichita's Damon Thompson, Tennessee Valley's Josh Kellett, Albany's Tony Locke.

U.S. Army Ironman of the Week candidates included: Manchester's J.J. McKelvey, Memphis' Ryan Karr, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Rocco Forgione, Peoria's Casey Urlacher, Oklahoma City's Al Hunt, San Diego's Nakoa McElrath, Tulsa's Corky Martin, Tennessee Valley's Marquis Floyd, Quad City's Tim Dodge, Bakersfield's Kika Kaululaau, Hawaii's Nian Taylor, Memphis' Deumaine Reeder, Tulsa's Toby Moeves, Bakersfield's Rennard Reynolds, Bakersfield's Nathan Munson, Louisville's Tony Stallings.

ADT Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Quad City's Chazz Moore, Memphis' Kenzaki Jones, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Rocco Forgione, Florida's Quincy Sorrell, Peoria's Frank West, Oklahoma City's Daron Franklin, Green Bay's Dustin Sagedahl, Tulsa's Shan Jordan, Tennessee Valley's Henry Freeman, Bakersfield's Mel Miller, Hawaii's Vai Notoa, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Glester Thorpe, Quad City's Matt Forbes, Cape Fear's Mike Levy.

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