The Storm swept the Arena Football League's weekly awards, as announced by the league on Tuesday. Paul Stephens did so in his first game in a Storm uniform.
From the Storm PR Department
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hippeard (6-foot-3, 205 lbs., UVA-Wise) was once again instrumental in engineering the game-winning drive versus the Baltimore Brigade. With 5.0 seconds left in regulation, he found LaMark Brown in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead score. Hippeard finished the night having completed 31-of-40 passes (77.5%) for 285 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
This is Hippeard’s second consecutive weekly award and he is the League’s first multi-Player of the Week recipient this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Stephens (5-foot-9, 180 lbs., Central Missouri), who joined the team last week, played a pivotal role in the Storm’s week five victory over the Brigade. He led all Storm defenders with 6.5 tackles, a pass breakup and he recovered two fumbles. In the second quarter, Stephens scooped up a Justin Wilson fumble and returned it 46 yards for the score. Also, with the game tied at 48 in the fourth, Stephens picked up another Wilson fumble, leading to a Storm touchdown.