AVERY, IVY SWEEP PLAYER
OF THE WEEK HONORS FOR ENFORCERS
March 27, 2001
STAMFORD, CONN. The XFL today named Chicago Enforcers RB
John Avery as its Offensive Player of the Week and teammate DB Corey
Ivy as its Defensive Player of the Week for week eight. The Windy
City duo led the Enforcers to a crucial, 13-0, win over the Birmingham
Thunderbolts on Sunday night, giving Chicago control of its playoff
Despite opening the season with four straight losses, the Enforcers
have won three of their last four outings and can now clinch a playoff
spot by winning their last two regular-season contests. The first
is Saturday at Giants Stadium versus the NY/NJ Hitmen (8:00 p.m.
Avery exploded on the Birmingham defense for an XFL-record 180 yards
on 20 carries, including touchdown runs of 73 and nine yards. The
tailback is now averaging a league-best 105 rushing yards per game,
and also leads the XFL in rushing yards (733) and yards-per-carry
(5.5). He now has seven touchdowns on the season (five rushing).
This marks the second time Avery has captured Player of the Week
honors, after he won the first-ever award in Week One. He is the
first player to have won the award, offensive or defensive, more
Ivy had two interceptions to lead the Chicago defense in shutting
down the Birmingham offense. The DB also added six tackles, five
of them solo efforts, as the Enforcers kept the Bolts off the board
to put themselves squarely in the middle of the battle for the playoffs.
Enforcers head coach Ron Meyer said that his players made big plays
in a big game, and now face the Hitmen in what will basically be
a playoff atmosphere.
"John played exceptionally well as he has all season. His first
run, where he scored the touchdown, set the tone for us, Meyer
said. Corey's two interceptions also were big plays for us
as our defense came up big for us when they had to. This was a great
victory for us, putting us right in the playoff hunt. Now have to
go New York on Saturday night and lay it on the line.
Runner-up for offensive honors was Las Vegas TE Rickey Brady, who
tied the XFL record with three TD catches in a loss to Los Angeles
Saturday night. Runner-up for defensive honors was Xtreme DB Ricky
Parker, with seven tackles and a fumble recovery .
2001 XFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ONE - John Avery (CHI-RB) Shawn Banks (ORL-LB)
TWO - Jeremaine Copeland (LA-WR) Omar Brown (ORL-S)
THREE - Terry Battle (SF-RB) Duane Butler (BIRM-S)
FOUR - Rashaan Salaam (MEM-RB) Israel Raybon (NY/NJ-DE)
FIVE - Kevin McDougal (CHI-QB) Jermaine Miles (SF-DE)
SIX - Jim Druckenmiller (MEM-QB) Brad Trout (NY/NJ-S)
SEVEN - Tommy Maddox (LA-QB) Carl Simpson (LV-DT)
EIGHT - John Avery (CHI-RB) Corey Ivy (LV-DB)