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SALT LAKE CITY - The Arena Football League Writers' Association (AFLWA) announced their preseason All-Arena Team and the Utah Blaze were one of two teams with three selections: WR SIAHA BURLEY (5-10, 176, Central Florida), FB/LB FRANK CARTER (6-0, 258, MacMurray) and C/DL HANS OLSEN (6-4, 306, BYU).
"All three of those guys are well-deserving of those honors," said Blaze head coach/general manager DANNY WHITE. "But, each one of those guys would also tell you that executing on the field is more important and lifting the championship trophy in New Orleans on July 29 is the ultimate reward."
Burley, who earned Second-Team All-Arena in 2006 and was the AFLWA's Offensive Player of the Year in 2005, set AFL expansion records last year with 136 receptions for 1,934 yards and 44 touchdowns. Burley enters his second season with the Blaze in 2007.
Austin's SEDRICK ROBINSON was named special teams player of the year, while Grand Rapids' TROY EDWARDS was tabbed rookie of the year in the preseason poll.
AFLWA PRESEASON ALL-ARENA TEAM
POS PLAYER, TEAM HT WT EXP.COLLEGE
QB Clint Dolezel, Dallas 6-5 205 11 East Texas State
FB Bob McMillen, Chicago 6-2 255 12 Illinois Benedictine
WR SIAHA BURLEY, UTAH 5-10 176 6 Central Florida
WR Damian Harrell, Colorado 6-3 200 8 Florida State
WR Bobby Sippio, Chicago 6-3 220 3 Western Kentucky
OL Ernest Allen, Georgia 6-4 300 11 Cincinnati
OL Joe Minucci, Nashville 6-2 298 2 Delaware
OL HANS OLSEN, UTAH 6-4 306 3 BYU
DL Jermaine Smith, Georgia 6-3 290 5 Georgia
DL Henry Taylor, New Orleans 6-3 290 4 South Carolina
DL Colston Weatherington, Dallas 6-5 275 3 Central Missouri State
LB FRANK CARTER, UTAH 6-0 258 5 MacMurray
LB Duke Pettijohn, Dallas 6-2 255 5 Syracuse
DB Jerald Brown, Columbus 5-11 185 3 Glenville State
DB Rashad Floyd, Colorado 5-9 180 5 Portland State
DB Eddie Moten, Philadelphia 5-10 185 2 Texas A&M-Kingsville
K Remy Hamilton, Los Angeles 6-0 190 9 Michigan
KR Sedrick Robinson, Austin 5-10 185 6 Kentucky Wesleyan
Offensive Player of the Year: Colorado's Damian Harrell
Defensive Player of the Year: Colorado's Rashad Floyd
Special Teams Player of the Year: Austin's Sedrick Robinson
Rookie of the Year: Grand Rapids' Troy Edwards