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Blaze Pair Earn All-arena Honors

Blaze Pair Earn All-arena Honors



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Germaine, Whittaker earn AFL recognitionSALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Blaze QB JOE GERMAINE (6-2,238, Ohio State) and WR HUEY WHITTAKER (6-5, 228, South Florida) have earned All-Arena honors for their performances this season by the Arena Football League. Whittaker earned First Team All-Arena for ending the 2008 regular season with 126 catches for 1,541 yards and 32 touchdowns. Whittaker tied for ninth in the League for receptions (126), sixth in the League for receiving yards (1,541) and tied for 10th in the League for receiving touchdowns (32). Germaine earned Second Team All-Arena and completed the 2008 regular season atop many of the League's passing statistics. The former Rose Bowl MVP finished second in passing touchdowns (97), second in passing average per game (303.7) and third in pass completions (411). Germaine, currently in his third season with the Blaze, was re-signed on January 30th in a deal that secures him with the Blaze through 2012. Germaine is the first player in AFL history to ink a five-year contract.

<table border=""0"" cellpadding=""0"" cellspacing=""0"" width=""100%""> <th colspan=""6"">2008 ALL-ARENA FIRST TEAM <th colspan=""3"">OFFENSE <th colspan=""3"">DEFENSEQBMatt D'Orazio <td align=""right"">PhiladelphiaDLAaron McConnell <td align=""right"">ColoradoFBMarlion Jackson <td align=""right"">ClevelandDLColston Weatherington <td align=""right"">DallasCWill Rabatin <td align=""right"">ColumbusDLHenry Taylor <td align=""right"">New YorkOLPhil Bogle <td align=""right"">PhiladelphiaMLBSteve Watson <td align=""right"">San JoseOLMartin Bibla <td align=""right"">PhiladelphiaJLBDeJuan Alfonzo <td align=""right"">ChicagoWRChris Jackson <td align=""right"">PhiladelphiaDBDennison Robinson <td align=""right"">ChicagoWRHUEY WHITTAKER <td align=""right"">UTAHDBMarquis Floyd <td align=""right"">San JoseWRT.T. Toliver <td align=""right"">OrlandoDBBilly Parker <td align=""right"">New YorkKA.J. Haglund <td align=""right"">San Jose <td align=""right""> <td colspan=""6""> <th colspan=""6"">2008 ALL-ARENA SECOND TEAM <th colspan=""3"">OFFENSE <th colspan=""3"">DEFENSEQBJOE GERMAINE <td align=""right"">UTAHDLBryan Save <td align=""right"">PhiladelphiaFBBrian Johnson <td align=""right"">San JoseDLGabe Nyenhuis <td align=""right"">PhiladelphiaCKyle Moore-Brown <td align=""right"">ColoradoDLTim McGill <td align=""right"">Tampa BayOLHoward Duncan <td align=""right"">ColumbusMLBDuke Pettijohn <td align=""right"">DallasOLShane Grice <td align=""right"">GeorgiaJLBNorman LeJeune <td align=""right"">New OrleansWROtis Amey <td align=""right"">ClevelandDBClevan Thomas <td align=""right"">San JoseWRKenny Higgins <td align=""right"">Grand RapidsDBEddie Moten <td align=""right"">PhiladelphiaWRDamian Harrell <td align=""right"">ChicagoDBKenny McEntyre <td align=""right"">OrlandoKRemy Hamilton <td align=""right"">Dallas <td align=""right"">

The Blaze (6-10), winners of six of their last seven games, earned their first-ever home playoff game with a 62-45 win over the Arizona Rattlers in the final game of the regular season last week. Utah will host the Colorado Crush (6-10) Saturday at 2 p.m. (MT) at EnergySolutions Arena. The game will be televised on ESPN.

ABOUT THE UTAH BLAZE
The Utah Blaze were recipients of the Best Support Staff Award for the 2006 and 2007 seasons as recognized by the Arena Football League. Tickets are available by logging onto www.utahblaze.com or by calling (801) 257-3111. The Blaze will take on the Colorado Crush this Saturday, June 28th. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (MT). In order for season-ticket holders to reserve their seats for the playoff game, they must purchase their tickets no later than Wednesday by calling the Blaze ticket office at (801) 257-3111.The Blaze are owned and operated by the Ken Garff Automotive Group – www.kengarff.com.

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