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If the Spokane Shock were looking for additional motivation heading into tonight’s ArenaBowl, they might find an easy source with the All-AFL awards. After getting blanked in the eight top player/coach awards released Tuesday-Thursday, the Shock had two players recognized with the release of the All-AFL first- and second-teams Friday.
Lineman Ed Ta’amu was named to the first team and receiver Huey Whittaker made second team.
Tampa Bay, Spokane’s opponent tonight, had five players selected, tying Tulsa and Chicago for the most. Four other teams had at least three players honored. Chicago and Tulsa each had three first-team seelctions. Four Tampa Bay players made second team.
—The Shock have taken their share of chances since stepping into the arena football business, John Blanchette writes.
Spokane’s Travis Williams (defense) and Ed Ta’amu (highlight) have been honored with weekly AFL awards.
Williams (No. 12 pictured above) had his seventh interception of the season in Friday’s win over Arizona. He also made a tackle to stop an Arizona receiver short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal in the third quarter.
Ta’amu took a screen pass and hopped over Antonio Narcisse en route to finishing off a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
More below on the AFL awards and check back later for a Shock notebook.
Ed Ta’amu has made Spokane his home since arriving in 2006, even when he played for Kansas City in 2007-08. The big reasons why: girlfriend Jessica and son Noa. Click here for more on Ta’amu.
Meanwhile, there won’t be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown this weekend. No. 3 Milwaukee lost to a patchwork Chicago Rush outfit. Second-ranked Spokane, which visits Milwaukee on Saturday, is expected to take over the No. 1 ranking after top-ranked Jacksonville’s loss to Orlando.