Wolves Steve Savoy Named af2's JLS Ironman of the Week
MANCHESTER, NH- Veteran Manchester Wolves wide receiver Steve Savoy, pressed into emergency service as the team's quarterback in the second half in the arenafootball2 league regular season finale, has been honored as the JLS Ironman of the Week.
Savoy (5-11, 190, Utah), in his second af2 season, advanced the ball as a receiver, rusher, and passer during Manchester's 38-63 loss to the East Division rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After losing their starting quarterback, Mike Potts, the Wolves turned to Savoy to take snaps for most of the second half. The former Utah standout was called into duty under center because the team lost backup Willie Copeland in the first quarter on a special teams play.
Despite never having played as a quarterback in an af2 game, Savoy performed admirably. He completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards and a passing TD while rushing 12 times for 97 yards and a rushing TD. He also caught two balls for 21 yards in a performance that can only be described as the football equivalent of hitting for the cycle. Moreover, the 97 yards rushing set a Wolves franchise record for most yards gained by a player in a single game.
Savoy is second on his team in receiving with 100 catches for 1,222 yards and 31 TDs on the year. This is Savoy's first player of the week award. On Friday night, the Wolves head to Des Moines, Iowa to face the No. 2 seed and Midwest Division Champion Barnstormers in the first round of the 2009 af2 playoffs. The Wolves (7-9) have reached the playoffs in six of the last eight years and for the last five consecutive seasons.
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