Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kicker Steve Hauschka named Special Teams Player of the Week

United Football League

October 19, 2010

Las Vegas Locos Pair Honored

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Omaha Nighthawks quarterback JEFF GARCIA was recognized for guiding his team into a tie for first place in the United Football League standings with his second Offensive Player of the Week award.

Also for the second time this season, Garcia directed a fourth-quarter comeback against the Hartford Colonials. His 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeb Putzier with 6:43 to play ended up being the difference in a 19-14 road victory. Garcia completed 18 of 34 pass attempts for 185 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a game that saw turnover play a key role in the outcome.

In the Nighthawks' first-ever game in front of a 23,067 sellout crowd at Rosenblatt Stadium, Garcia led a dramatic game-winning drive in Week 2, which culminated in his 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Ferguson with six seconds remaining to give Omaha a breathtaking 27-26 victory over the Colonials. That performance saw him share the offensive award with Sacramento Mountain Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

United Football League Players of Week 5

Offense – Jeff Garcia, QB, Omaha Nighthawks

Defense – Lewis Baker, S, Las Vegas Locos

Special Teams – Steve Hauschka, Las Vegas Locos

Defensive honors went to Las Vegas Locos safety LEWIS BAKER, who made a significant impact in a 26-3 victory at the Sacramento Mountain Lions. Baker had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and two tackles as the Locos stayed tied atop the UFL standings at 3-1.

Chosen in the 10th round (46th overall) of the 2010 UFL Draft by the Locos, Baker boasts NFL experience with the San Francisco 49ers (2008-2009) after playing for four years at Oklahoma from 2003-2006 where he recorded 171 tackles from the safety and linebacker positions.

In only his second week in the UFL, Locos kicker STEVE HAUSCHKA tied a league record by hitting four field goals in the same 26-3 victory at Sacramento to earn the Special Teams Player of Week 5 vote. Hauschka hit field goals of 47, 44, 34 and 36 yards in the victory, equaling the mark set a week earlier by Florida Tuskers kicker Nick Novak. In his pro career, the North Carolina State product signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.

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