FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JACKSONVILLE, FL – Monday, September 20, 2010 – Hartford Colonials quarterback JOSH McCOWN has added the United Football League Offensive Player of the Week award to the opening day win he orchestrated over the Sacramento Mountain Lions.
McCown led the Colonials to the first-ever win in franchise history on Saturday afternoon at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, throwing for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 27-10 victory over the Mountain Lions.
McCown completed 11 of 21 passes with no interceptions and connected with running back Lorenzo Booker on an 80-yard touchdown on a screen pass, which turned into the longest pass play in UFL history (previous best: Brooks Bollinger to Jason Foster, 62 yards, Florida at California, 11/19/09).
“Josh had an outstanding game,” said Colonials head coach CHRIS PALMER. “He played within himself, read the defense well made outstanding plays.”
The 31-year-old quarterback was a third round selection of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2002 NFL Draft and has played in 47 NFL games including 31 starts with the Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers.
Defensive honors went to Las Vegas Locos linebacker BRANDON MOORE, who in his second season with the Locos marked his team’s opener against the Florida Tuskers by recording 7.5 total tackles (6 solo), a sack and a tackle for loss in a 27-20 reverse.
In 2009, Moore ranked third on the Locos with 35 tackles, a sack, a pass defended and 2 forced fumbles. He is a veteran of 88 NFL games with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.
On his UFL debut, Florida Tuskers kicker NICK NOVAK kicked a UFL-record 54-yard field goal to earn a 17-10 second quarter lead in his team’s 27-20 win over the Las Vegas Locos to earn the Special Teams Player of the Week award. Novak connected on two field goals, the other coming from 23 yards and split the uprights on all three extra points.
Novak joined the Tuskers having been in San Diego Chargers training camp this summer and has spent time with the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. He was the all-time leading points scorer (393) in Atlantic Coast Conference history and fifth all-time in the NCAA when he graduated from Maryland in 2004.
The previous best UFL long field goal was a successful 53-yard field goal by Las Vegas Locos kicker Graham Gano, now of the Washington Redskins, in a 30-17 win over the California Redwoods, which also came on opening day in 2009.
United Football League Players of Week 1
Offense – Josh McCown, QB, Hartford Colonials
Defense – Brandon Moore, LB, Las Vegas Locos
Special Teams – Nick Novak, K, Florida Tuskers