PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sergio Gilliam (DS): only two games into his Arena Football Career, Gilliam has already made an impression on the af2. After just two games, Gilliam has six interceptions (3 in each game, tying the franchise record for most interceptions in a game) 7.5 tackles, four pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. He was also named the league’s ADT Defensive Player of the Week for the last two weeks. Gilliam was the first player since Charles Frederick to win a Player of the Week Award in consecutive weeks since Charles Frederick in 2006.
Raul Vijil (WR/KR): a Pasco-native, Vijil currently leads the team in receptions (14), scoring, and all-purpose yards (333). Vijil who has been a member of the team since 2006, was limited in the last match-up with Tri-Cities (due to injury) to one reception for ix yards.
Devon Parks (DL): a returner from the 2007 Western Division Champions, Parks currently holds the franchise record for most sacks in a season (6.5) after only appearing in six games last year. Already this season, Parks has 3 sacks and 4.5 total tackles for the season.
LaMonte’ Jones (WR/DB) is in the top 5 in 2 offensive receiving categories and if the Fever did not have a bye week, he would have his name on a few more lists as well. He finished his first game with the Fever 3 receptions shy of the Fever single game record and pulled in 2 TDs.
Jason Campbell (QB) will start his first game for Coach Walker since playing for him in ’07 with Everett. Campbell opened the season replacing John Pierce midway through the first game. Although he played only 2 quarters, he is 10th in the league in average yards per play and 6th in the league in pass completion percentage.
Phil Goodman (WR/DB) tallied his first Ironman of the Game award in week 1. He is currently tied-5th in the league in points scored per game by grabbing 3 TDs against Stockton.
Chuck Jones (NG) as a former member of the 2006 Shock, Chuck Jones is a familiar name to most die-hard Shock fans. In only the third game of their inaugural season, Jones came up with a game saving block against the Everett Hawks on a point after attempt that would have sent the game into overtime. A recent acquisition for the Fever, Jones will be making his debut for Tri-Cities at Nose Guard where he will line-up against his old teammate Rico Ochoa.
JR Thomas (WR) as the Fever’s leading receiver last season Thomas is back for his second season with the Fever but his fourth in the af2. Thomas, who did not play in the teams first meeting during the exhibition season due to injury, was limited in his first game this season to 38 yards but he will be poised to up those numbers in this rivalry game.