QB KEVIN MCDOUGAL AND LB JAMIE BAISLEY HONORED
MCDOUGAL TD PASS AND BAISLEY INTERCEPTION IN DYING MINUTES CONTINUE CHICAGO TURNAROUND FROM 0-4 START TO PLAYOFF HOPEFUL
STAMFORD, CONN. (Tuesday, April 3, 2001) - The XFL today named Chicago Enforcers QB Kevin McDougal as its Offensive Player of the Week and teammate LB Jamie Baisley as its Defensive Player of the Week for week nine, marking the second consecutive week in which Enforcers players have swept the awards.
The tandem led Chicago to its third straight victory, a 23-18, last-minute win over the New York/New Jersey Hitmen last Saturday night at Giants Stadium. Trailing 18-16 late, McDougal returned from an injury to throw what would turn out to be the game-winning score to William Tate with 1:41 to play, a 19-yard strike which put Chicago up 23-18 after a LeShon Johnson PAT. The Hitmen would then drive all the way down the field, but it was Baisley who preserved the victory with an interception on the one-yard line as time ran out.
McDougal produced the heroics after returning from a neck sprain suffered in the third quarter, which knocked him out of the game until he returned for the game's final drive. He finished the game 13-24 for 193 yards and three TDs, also throwing two interceptions.
This marks the second time McDougal has earned XFL offensive honors, after he also won the award in week five. Teammate RB John Avery is the only other player to have captured Player of the Week honors twice this season.
On top of his game-saving interception, Baisley led the Enforcers defense with eight tackles, seven of them solo efforts, and two of them for losses.
With the win, the Enforcers, who began the season at 0-4 and are now 4-5, can complete their improbable turn-around by clinching a playoff spot with a win Sunday over Chicago, or a loss by NY/NJ in Birmingham Sunday afternoon. A Chicago loss and a Hitmen win would give NY/NJ the second and final playoff spot in the East.
Runner-up on offense was Memphis QB Jim Druckenmiller, who threw three TDs Sunday in a victory over Los Angeles. Runner-up on defense was Birmingham CB Eric Sloan, who had three interceptions and returned one 59 yards for a TD in a loss to Orlando on Saturday.