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Purify, Sanders & Johnson earn weekly honors

Wed 23rd, May 2012

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Arizona WR MAURICE PURIFY has been awarded the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week award, while Spokane DB TERRANCE SANDERS has been named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week and Georgia WR CJ JOHNSON has been named JLS Ironman of the Week for Week 11 of the 2012 AFL season. In addition to these three awards, the AFL is also awarding the Cutters Catch of the Week, AFL Playmaker of the Week and Spalding Highlight of the Week. The Cutters Catch of the Week award winner for Week 11 is DB JEREMY KELLEM of the New Orleans VooDoo. Arizona QB NICK DAVILA has been awarded the AFL Playmaker of the Week award, while the Spalding Highlight of the Week award winner is Jacksonville FB RENDRICK TAYLOR.


Purify (6-3, 225, Nebraska) tied the single-game franchise record for receiving touchdowns and points in Week 11. Purify totaled ten catches for 196 yards and seven touchdowns, making him responsible for 42 of the Rattlers' 86 points against the Utah Blaze.


Sanders (5-10, 180, Eastern Illinois) earned Riddell Defensive Player of the Week honors for a second week in a row after intercepting a franchise-record three interceptions in Week 11. It was the third time in four weeks Sanders had recorded at least two interceptions in a game. He also became the franchise's single-season record holder for interceptions, collecting his eighth pick of the year in the team's 65-47 victory over Philadelphia.


Johnson (5-10, 180, Tennessee-Chattanooga) shined as a receiver and return man in Week 11, hauling in 11 balls for 171 yards and two scores on offense, including a 49-yard touchdown reception, while totaling 201 return yards and a 55-yard kickoff return touchdown on special teams. Johnson will receive a timepiece crafted by JLS for his efforts.


Kellem (5-9, 195, Middle Tennessee State) made an improbable interception in the fourth quarter to preserve New Orleans' 68-61 victory over the Orlando Predators in Week 11. Chris Leak's pass bounced off players and the wall before Kellem was able to trap the ball between his legs and obtain control without the ball touching the ground. It was Kellem's second interception of the night and seventh of the season, one pick shy of the VooDoo's single-season franchise record. Kellem will receive a Cutters hat and shirt for his efforts.


Davila (6-4, 220, Cincinnati) tied the AFL record for passing touchdowns in a single game with 11 in the team's 86-70 victory over the Utah Blaze. Davila became just the fourth quarterback in AFL history to reach the milestone and the second in the last three weeks. His 11 touchdowns represent a single-game franchise record and his 372 passing yards is a season-high.


Taylor (6-2, 260, Clemson) rumbled for a 31-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter of Jacksonville's 55-19 victory over Iowa. Taylor became the first player in Sharks' franchise history to rush for 50 yards in a single game.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona's Nick Davila, Cleveland's John Dutton, Jacksonville's Bernard Morris, Kansas City's Matt Gutierrez, Milwaukee's Gino Guidugli, Orlando's T.T. Toliver, San Antonio's Jomo Wilson and Spokane's Adron Tennell.

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week candidates included: Arizona's Marquis Floyd, Clevelands, Levy Brown, Jacksonville's Micheaux Robinson, Kansas City's Bradly Chavez, New Orleans' Jeremy Kellem and San Antonio's Ken Fontenette.

JLS Ironman of the Week candidates included: Arizona's Arkeith Brown, Cleveland's Jeramie Richardson, Jacksonville's Jason Holman, Milwaukee's Kelvin Rodgers, New Orleans' Quorey Payne, Pittsburgh's PJ Berry, San Antonio's Burl Toler and Spokane's Terrance Sanders.

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