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Standout performers from AAF Week 5

Jesse Reed
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Apollos remain the team to beat after another rousing performance in AAF Week 5, and thanks to a standout performance from Garrett Gilbert.

The quarterback got Week 5 started with a bang leading his Apollos to a 31-14 win over the Birmingham Iron as Orlando improved to 5-0 on the season. He leads off our weekly list of top performers around the AAF.

Garrett Gilbert, quarterback, Orlando Apollos

Gilbert has started all five games this year for Orlando, and Saturday’s was perhaps his best showing yet. The former sixth-round pick out of SMU was dealing, completing 23-of-35 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and a couple of two-point conversions.

Through five games, Gilbert has thrown eight touchdowns. Better still, he remains unblemished with zero interceptions. That’s a huge reason why Orlando remains undefeated right now.

Kameron Kelly, defensive back, San Diego Fleet

Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum had a miserable outing Saturday against San Diego, throwing three interceptions in a narrow two-point loss. The man who’ll live in his nightmares for at least a couple of days is Kelly, who tallied all three of those picks and scored a touchdown to help his team improve to 3-2 on the season.

Kelly also added five solo tackles and four defensed passes, notching his best overall performance of the young season.

Anthony Moten Jr., defensive tackle, Orlando Apollos

Orlando is getting some incredible play inside of late from Moten Jr. Heading into AAF Week 5, the defensive tackle had made five solo tackles and two sacks in the previous three games. Then on Saturday, he exploded with his best showing yet this season. Showing himself to be more than a big run-stuffer inside, the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder was all over Birmingham’s quarterbacks, registering two sacks.

Aaron Murray, quarterback, Atlanta Legends

After struggling for the first three weeks of the young season, the Legends finally have something going with Murray, who once again thrived in AAF Week 5. The former Georgia Bulldogs star has been just that for Atlanta the past two weeks, leading the Legends to wins in both games.

On Sunday, Murray completed 27-of-43 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and one two-point conversion. Combined with his performance last weekend, he has 627 combined yards in his last two games.

De’Mornay Pierson-El, wide receiver, Salt Lake Stallions

A featured player on this list for the second time in three weeks, Pierson-El had a monster game against San Diego. The 23-year-old undrafted receiver out of Nebraska hauled in eight of the nine passes that came his way for 130 yards.

He’s been inconsistent this year for Salt Lake, but given the way he’s shown up recently, it wouldn’t be surprised if Pierson-El got an invite to an NFL training camp later this year.

Tarean Folston, running back, Atlanta Legends

Folston was the breakout player of AAF Week 5, without a shadow of doubt. Coming into the game against Memphis Sunday, he had a grand total of 152 yards and zero touchdowns to his credit through the first four games this season.

On Sunday, Folston not only scored both offensive touchdowns of the game for Atlanta but also racked up 106 yards from scrimmage. That’s how you make a name for yourself. Between Folston and Murray, Atlanta’s offense is starting to get into a groove.

Logan Woodside, San Antonio Commanders

The Commanders jumped out to a 26-0 lead at halftime Sunday night against Arizona, in large part due to the play of Woodside, who couldn’t miss. Heading into the locker room, he had already racked up 192 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-13 passing.

Two of his passes went over 50 yards as the big play was working well.

Arizona woke up after halftime, and Woodside cooled off a bit. Yet when it was all said and done, the former Toledo star finished with finishing the day with 290 yards through the air on 21-of-27 passing as San Antonio won, 29-25.