April 3, 2001
STAMFORD, CONN. – The XFL today named Chicago
Enforcers QB Kevin McDougal as its Offensive
Player of the Week and teammate LB Jamie Baisley
as its Defensive Player of the Week for week
nine, marking the second consecutive week in
which Enforcers players have swept the awards.
The tandem led Chicago to its third straight
victory, a 23-18, last-minute win over the New
York/New Jersey Hitmen last Saturday night at
Giants Stadium. Trailing 18-16 late, McDougal
returned from an injury to throw what would turn
out to be the game-winning score to William Tate
with 1:41 to play, a 19-yard strike which put
Chicago up 23-18 after a LeShon Johnson PAT. The
Hitmen would then drive all the way down the
field, but it was Baisley who preserved the
victory with an interception on the one-yard
line as time ran out.
McDougal produced the heroics after returning
from a neck sprain suffered in the third
quarter, which knocked him out of the game until
he returned for the game’s final drive. He
finished the game 13-24 for 193 yards and three
TDs, also throwing two interceptions.
This marks the second time McDougal has earned
XFL offensive honors, after he also won the
award in week five. Teammate RB John Avery is
the only other player to have captured Player of
the Week honors twice this season.
On top of his game-saving interception, Baisley
led the Enforcers defense with eight tackles,
seven of them solo efforts, and two of them for
With the win, the Enforcers, who began the
season at 0-4 and are now 4-5, can complete
their improbable turn-around by clinching a
playoff spot with a win Sunday over Chicago, or
a loss by NY/NJ in Birmingham Sunday afternoon.
A Chicago loss and a Hitmen win would give NY/NJ
the second and final playoff spot in the East.
Runner-up on offense was Memphis QB Jim
Druckenmiller, who threw three TDs Sunday in a
victory over Los Angeles. Runner-up on defense
was Birmingham CB Eric Sloan, who had three
interceptions and returned one 59 yards for a TD
in a loss to Orlando on Saturday.