Unlikely offensive stars came out this week for the XFL as they concluded week seven of the season.
Newer quarterbacks came into their games and were able to make an impact immediately for their offenses with a few winning their first games of the season. Defenses once again are seeing more team efforts, but that doesn’t say that individuals didn’t stand out for the teams this week. Special teams saw their first touchdown of the season off a return which added more excitement to the week.
XFL Week 7 Players of the Week
Offensive Players of the Week: Quinten Dormady, QB, Orlando Guardians (27-34 328 yards three touchdowns, eight carries 22 yards three touchdowns)
This has to be one of the best comeback stories in recent sports memory. Quinten Dormady was accused of sharing Orlando Guardians’ plays with another player and at one point was released. After being placed on the president’s list, he was reinstated just a couple of weeks ago. All he has done since then is lead Orlando to being one of the best offenses in the last two weeks as well as their first win of the season to the undefeated DC Defenders.
Dormady scored the most touchdowns of the season by any offensive player by putting up six touchdowns in the game. He threw for three and run for another three in the game. To add to that, he also threw for over 300 yards and completed 79 percent of his passes. It’s one of the best offensive performances ever shown in league history and fans will be tuned in for more Dormady the next three weeks (maybe four if they make the playoffs).
Honorable Mentions: Jalan McClendon, QB, Vegas Vipers (21-31 264 yards two touchdowns, eight carries 25 yards)
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, DC Defenders (21-29 285 yards three touchdowns, two carries 23 yards)
Abram Smith, RB, DC Defenders (18 carries 127 yards one touchdown)
Chris Blair, WR, DC Defenders (five carries 139 yards one touchdown)
A.J. McCarron, QB, St. Louis Battlehawks (26-34 222 yards three touchdowns)
Defensive Player of the Week: Delontae Scott, DL, San Antonio Brahmas (seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble)
Not too much of a surprise as Delontae Scott finds himself on the list once again as he put up back-to-back great games for San Antonio. Despite the team losing 26-12, Scott and Jordan Williams were still able to dominate and make big plays throughout the contest.
Scott recorded seven tackles in the game including getting two key sacks in the game on Vipers quarterback Jalan McClendon. He also forced a fumble on Vegas in the loss. His relentless pressure of the quarterback as well as being the ability to make big plays at big moments has made Scott one of the best defensive players in the XFL.
Honorable Mentions: Jordan Williams, LB, San Antonio Brahmas (11 tackles, three tackles for loss)
Pita Taumoepenu, LB, Vegas Vipers (four tackles, 1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble)
Maurice Smith, DB, Vegas Vipers (seven tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack)
Fadol Brown, DL, DC Defenders (seven tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss)
John Daka, LB, Houston Roughnecks (three tackles, 1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble)
Special Teams Player of the Week: Fred Brown, WR/Returner, San Antonio Brahmas (four returns, 123 yards, one touchdown, 96 long)
Fred Brown had himself quite the game for the San Antonio Brahmas despite the team losing their fifth game of the season. He was able to catch a touchdown pass in the first quarter to help the Brahmas start the game fast. It wouldn’t be the biggest play he made for the day though as that would come on special teams.
Brown took a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Brahmas the lead over Vegas. This return would be the first kickoff return for a touchdown this season for the XFL. We can all acknowledge St. Louis Battlehawks Donny Hageman hitting a 59-yard field goal as that was the longest field goal of the season, but Brown’s return was certainly special to watch.
Honorable Mentions: Donny Hageman, K, St. Louis Battlehawks (1-1 field goals, 59 long)
Brad Wing, P, San Antonio Brahmas (four punts, 214 yards, 53.5 average)
Dominik Eberle, K, Seattle Sea Dragons (3-3 field goals, 48 long)
Daniel Whelan, P, DC Defenders (three punts, 144 yards, 48 average)
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