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Blaze lead preseason All-Arena selections

Blaze lead preseason All-Arena selections



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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

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