AFL Press Release

LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced that Albany Empire’s wide receiver Malachi Jones and defensive lineman Joe Sykes have been named as the offensive and defensive players of the week for Week 5, respectively.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jones (6’3, 215, Appalachian State) had an impressive game in Albany’s 53-42 win over the Valor this past Friday. The rookie hauled in six receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns along with six rushing yards and a touchdown. He currently leads the League in reception yards with 346.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sykes (6’4, 285, Southern) got one step closer to becoming the AFL all-time sacks leader on Friday. For the third straight game, Sykes recorded two sacks giving him a career total of 59.5, one behind AFL Hall of Famer Sam Hernandez (60.5). On the season, the three-time 1st Team All-Arena selection has 10.5 total tackles and three forced fumbles to go along with his six sacks.


WEEK 1 – Baltimore’s Randy Hippeard (Offensive) and Philadelphia’s Torez Jones (Defensive)

WEEK 2 – Philadelphia’s Darius Reynolds (Offensive) and Philadelphia’s James Romain (Defensive)

WEEK 3 – Albany’s Joe Hills (Offensive) and Baltimore’s Virgil Gray (Defensive)

WEEK 4 – Albany’s Tommy Grady (Offensive) and Albany’s Marrio Norman (Defensive)

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