Tuesday, April 10, 2001
STAMFORD, CONN. – The XFL today named the Los
Angeles Xtreme RB tandem of Rashaan Shehee and
Saladin McCullough as its Offensive Players of
the Week and New York/New Jersey Hitmen CB Joey
Eloms as its Defensive Player of the Week for
week 10, the final week of the regular season.
The Los Angeles duo combined for 155 yards
rushing in the Xtreme's 24-0 win over the San
Francisco Demons on Saturday, helping clinch the
Western Division Title. McCullough rushed for 73
yards on just eight carries for an average of
9.1 yards per carry and one touchdown before
leaving the game late in the second quarter with
a pulled right hamstring.
Shehee, who saw his first action since losing
his starting job to McCullough in Week Six,
picked up the slack, rushing for 92 yards on 17
The Xtreme will host the Chicago Enforcers on
Sunday (7:00 p.m. ET on UPN) in the semifinal
round of the XFL playoffs. Orlando hosts San
Francisco in the other semifinal (Saturday,
8:00p.m. ET on NBC). The winners advance to
"The Million Dollar Game"ä on
Saturday, April 21 (8:00 p.m. ET on NBC).
The ball-hawking Eloms saved his best effort for
the Hitmen's final regular season contest:
intercepting two passes, notching a pair of solo
tackles, and recording five passes defended in
the 22-0 win in Birmingham on Sunday.
The two interceptions also established a new
team mark and Eloms' total of four picks are
good for the No. 2 overall ranking in the XFL
for its inaugural season. Eloms' third-quarter
theft resulted in a NY/NJ score, when the
cornerback alertly lateraled the ball to
teammate Donnie Caldwell as he was being
tackled. Caldwell raced untouched down the
sideline for a 46-yard touchdown.
Despite the win, the Hitmen failed to qualify
for the post-season when Chicago defeated
Orlando later that night.
Runner-up on offense was Chicago QB Kevin
McDougal. Runner-up on defense was Chicago LB
Jamie Baisley. Both players had won Player of
the Week honors the week before.
||Shawn Banks (ORL-LB)
||Terry Battle (SF-RB)
||Duane Butler (BIRM-S)
||Israel Raybon (NY/NJ-DE)
||Jermaine Miles (SF-DE)
||Jim Druckenmiller (MEM-QB)
||Brad Trout (NY/NJ-S)
||Tommy Maddox (LA-QB)
||Carl Simpson (LV-DT)
||John Avery (CHI-RB)
||Corey Ivy (CHI-DB)
||Jamie Baisley (CHI-LB)