Leatherneck Football Notebook
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Sunday 06/24/2011
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Russ Michna was placed on the IR by the Chicago Rush.

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GIBBS NAMED OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Running back Dre Gibbs was named the 'Offensive Rookie of the Year' in the Indoor Football League (www.goifl.com). A member of the Fairbanks Grizzlies, Gibbs finished the regular season as the league's leading rusher. The 2008 Leatherneck All-American rushed for 858 yards and 15 touchdowns while recording 163 receiving yards and four TDs. He helped Fairbanks to a 10-4 record and first round bye in the playoffs. The second-seed Grizzlies play host to the third-seed Allen Wranglers Friday night (June 24).

GRAY LEADING RUSH BUT MICHNA PUT ON IR: Wide receiver Reggie Gray continues to lead the Chicago Rush in receiving, but he will have another person throwing him the ball. Starting quarterback Russ Michna suffered an ankle injury in the last game against Spokane and was put on the Injured Reserved list. Gray (2002 All-American) currently ranks third in the Arena League in scoring per game (17.4 ppg). In 13 games Gray has caught 94 passes for 1,397 yards and 35 touchdowns, averaging 14.9 yards per catch and 107.5 yards per game. Michna (two-time Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Year) completed 235-of-353 passes for 2,895 yards and 65 touchdowns to 13 interceptions. Chicago currently stands 9-4 overall, first place in the Central Division.

THOMAS SIGNS WITH SAN JOSE: Wide receiver Marco Thomas recently signed with the San Jose Sabercats of the AFL. In his first game he caught 10 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. He was cut from the Chicago Rush after three games, totaling 16 receptions for 140 yards and a TD. San Jose enters the weekend 5-8 overall. Thomas joined San Jose after serving stints with the New York Giants (2007), Oakland Raiders (2008), New York Jets (2007-08) and San Diego Chargers (2008) of the NFL. He most recently played in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes from 2008-09. Thomas twice earned All-Gateway Conference honors for the Leathernecks (2005-06).

ROWAN AMONG AFL SCORING LEADERS: Kicker Taylor Rowan currently stands sixth in scoring among kickers in the Arena Football League. The Spokane Shock's placekicker has converted 90-of-102 extra points and 3-of-6 field goals, averaging 7.6 points per game. Rowan, a 2007 All-American for the Leathernecks, also stands fourth among the league PAT percentage leaders. Spokane currently stands 6-7 overall.

STOUDAMIRE AND THE BARNSTORMERS: All-America defensive back Patrick Stoudamire is currently on the inactive roster of the Iowa Barnstormers but ranks among the defensive leaders in tackles. In 12 games at Iowa, Stoudamire has made 48 unassisted tackles and eight assisted putting him among the 'Top 50' tacklers in the league.


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