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Reggie Gray of the Chicago Rush ranks among the AFL leaders in several categories.
Courtesy: Steve Woltmann/Chicago Rush
Reggie Gray of the Chicago Rush ranks among the AFL leaders in several categories.
Football Alumni Update in the Arena Football League
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Saturday 05/06/2013
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MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois Leatherneck Football players continue to make an impact in the Arena Football League during the 2013 season.

The Chicago Rush currently leads the Central Division in the National Conference with a 4-3 record. Led by Reggie Gray and J.J. Payne, the Rush holds a one-game lead over the Iowa Barnstormers following last weekend’s action.

Gray ranks among the AFL leaders in several categories. His 20 touchdown receptions are second-most in the league, while he leads the league with 812 receiving yards. Gray is seventh in receptions per game (8.43/59 total), fifth in scoring (17.1 ppg), fifth in all-purpose yards (175.7) and seventh in kickoff returns (20.5). His 20 TD receptions continue to add to his franchise record of 117, and he’s looking to once again break the record for receiving yards in a season - 1,937 yards he accomplished in 2011.

Payne leads Chicago with 48 rushing yards and scored five times on the ground. He also caught five passes totaling 40 yards and a score.

Marco Thomas and the Barnstormers closed the gap with the Rush, improving to 3-4 on the season after last weekend’s win. He is tied for ninth in the AFL averaging 8.17 receptions per game, totaling 526 yards and 10 receiving TDs. Thomas also gained 47 yards on the ground with two scores.

Patrick Stoudamire and the Spokane Shock started the year 5-0 but the squad dropped its second straight game. In six games, he has recorded 17 total tackles and broken up three passes while recovering a fumble. Spokane remains one game back in the West Division of the National Conference.

In his first year at San Jose after playing his entire Arena career with the Rush, Russ Michna returned to action last weekend. In two games played this season, Michna is 41-of-60 passing for 509 yards and 10 touchdowns. San Jose stands 4-2 in the West, a game and a half back of division leader Arizona.


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