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S2014W06 | GZL Weekly Awards
By Matt Spencer
Special to gzl-football.com


GZL Weekly Awards
Thursday March 14th, 2013
Matt Spencer, GZL Media Group

Offensive Player of the Week
WR Kenny Britt
13 Receptions | 243 Yards (83 YAC) | 3 Touchdowns
Close to giving the award to the guy throwing him the ball, Britt edges out Henderson to nab his 2nd AFC PotW honor. This guy has it all and the Tennessee offense just clicks when he's getting open. Look for the Titans coaching staff to continue to exploit matchup problems with Britt and he could be on his way to a "Miles"-like year.
Honorable Mention: QB Chris Henderson | QB Kevin Kolb | WR Carlton Mitchell | HB Kevin Smith

Offensive Player of the Week
QB Geno Smith
15 of 26 (57.69%) | 313 Yards | 4 Touchdowns | 1 Interception | 123.9 QB Rating
The first pick in the last GZL draft had his first truly great game of his young career, this week hooking up with fellow Mountaineer Stedman Bailey to produce a big win over division rival St. Louis. Smith improved his ratio to 12:10 TDs:INTs on the season and this is a very encouraging sign for a team that some thought could be destined to a 0-16 season. If Smith continues to grow and perform, the 49ers will be happy they ditched the Brandon Weeden expirement.
Honorable Mention: WR Eddie Royal | WR DeAndre Brown | HB Lamar Miller | HB LaVonte Bell

Defensive Player of the Week
LB Rolando McClain
8 Tackles (2 For Loss) | 1 Interception | 1 Deflection
Arian Foster had been hot, but Rolando McClain was the driving force behind a Raiders defense that held the top back to just 63 yards on 16 carries. Part of that success could be attributed to the Texans having to abandon the ground game due to the early lead the Raiders put up, but whenever Foster got the ball, McClain and company were there to bring him down. Foster managed just a long of 12 yards on the day as the Raiders surged to their 2nd consecutive victory.
Honorable Mention: LB Ernie Sims| DT Marvin Austin | LB Lawrence Wilson | CB Cortland Finnegan

Defensive Player of the Week
LB Anthony Spencer
8 Tackles (1 For Loss) | 1 Sack | 1 Interception | 2 Deflections
The Cowboys always seem to have a player up for nomination for Defensive PotW. Spencer is this week's winner, though he didn't manage to lead his team to victory, he piled up numbers across the board. He was critical in keeping Beanie Wells under 3.5 YPC and provided a turnover and a sack as well. There weren't many star studded performances this week in the NFC, so a loser will take home the hardware.
Honorable Mention: CB Greg Toler | LB Dont'a Hightower | LB Jon Beason

GZL Rookie of the Week
HB LaVonte Bell
17 Carries | 173 Yards (10.18 YPC) | 1 Touchdown
The 19th pick in the draft, Bell finally put together his breakout performance, though it was not enough to overcome the Geno Smith show. With Bradford knocked out of the game, Bell took over and tried to lead the Rams to a second half comeback, but it was for naught. This was a game matching up some of the top rookies in the league, and for the Rams, finally getting their 1st round back to produce has got to have them feeling good.
Honorable Mention: WR Stedman Bailey | DT Shariff Floyd | LB Sio Moore

General Manager of the Week
Maurice Heard
It took 6 weeks, but Mr. Heard finally got the 49ers their first win of the season. Even though it took the Rams turning the ball over over three times, getting big plays out of Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey was the key to the success. If that combo can continually put up points, then this offense could be poised to take off in the right direction. Mr. Heard, congratulations on your first (hopefully not last) win of the season.

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