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Sweeney Leads NFLEL Charge Again

DE Matt Sweeney continues to excel in Europe as Buccaneers-allocated players have a strong week six


DE Matt Sweeney has shown a nose for the football during the NFL Europe season

While earnest young actors may head West in order to get on film, aspiring football player Matt Sweeney has gone East for the same effect.

In addition to helping the Amsterdam Admirals into a four-way tie for second in the NFL Europe League after six weeks, the former University of Miami defensive end has also compiled a nifty little highlight reel for Tampa Bay Buccaneers scouts to peruse. Sweeney didn't sign with any team after the 2000 NFL draft last April, but he joined the Buccaneers in January and immediately packed for his first season in the NFLEL.

It has been a heady experience for Sweeney, who has been involved in a string of big plays, including two long fumble returns, one for a touchdown. He was named NFLEL Defensive Player of Week Three after returning a loose ball 35 yards for a touchdown to seal a 28-14 Amsterdam win over Frankfurt.

Last weekend, Sweeney posted three tackles, a pass defensed and yet another fumble recovery for the Admirals, although his team suffered a 17-7 loss to the Scottish Claymores. Sweeney's outing was one of several standout performances by Buccaneers-allocated players last weekend.

Cornerback Terrance Parrish, for instance, registered eight tackles for the Frankfurt Galaxy, though his team also lost, 22-5, to the Rhein Fire. Bucs-allocated WR Eddie Hardaway is the leading pass-catcher for that Fire squad and he hauled in three more passes for 18 yards against Parrish's crew, while also running twice for 14 more yards.

A complete wrapup of Week Six action, including the numbers posted by the Buccaneers playing overseas, follows.

Week Six Results

Running back Mike Green rushed for a league record four touchdowns and passed for another in a 55-35 victory for the Barcelona Dragons over the Berlin Thunder, in a game that set the NFL Europe record for combined points. Barcelona remained atop the NFL Europe standings, running its record to 5-1.

Green, allocated by the Tennessee Titans, scored on runs of 2, 15, 1 and 4 yards, and also fired a 44-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Bryan Gilmore as the Dragons improved to 5-1 with the comprehensive victory in Barcelona's Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic.

The 90 points scored by both teams in the game smashed a decade-old NFLEL/World League record, originally set in 1991 at 78 points by the Orlando Thunder and the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks.

Green set new NFLEL records for the most touchdowns and the most rushing touchdowns in a game. He has now scored 7 touchdowns on the year and is chasing Lawrence Phillips' single-season record of 14 rushing touchdowns set during his memorable 1999 season in Barcelona.

In Glasgow, the Scottish Claymores moved into a three-way tie in second place in the NFL Europe League standings with a 17-7 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals in front of 15, 983 fans at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

The Claymores and the Admirals join the Berlin Thunder with a 3-3 record behind the 5-1 Barcelona Dragons as Scotland gained revenge for a defeat in Amsterdam four weeks earlier.

Philadelphia-allocated RB Anthony Gray finished with 91 rushing yards, twice banging into the end zone (from two and 12 yards) to stake the Claymores to a 14-0 halftime lead. QB Clint Stoerner was efficient, completing 21 of his 27 passes, including two to Buccaneers-allocated TE Randy Palmer for six yards. The Claymore defense was suffocating, holding Amsterdam to 109 total yards of offense.

There was another defense on Fire in the 'Deutschland Derby', as the hometown Frankfurt Galaxy was tripped up by the visiting Rhein Fire, 22-5. Clarence LeBlanc returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the Fire improved to 3-3 with the victory.

The New York Giants-allocated safety grabbed a pair of second quarter picks and ran them back 35 and 44 yards for scores that gave the Fire a lead they would never relinquish. With the victory, Rhein joined Scotland, Berlin and Amsterdam in the aforementioned tie for second place in the NFLEL standings.

Week Seven Coverage

All three of the NFLEL's week seven contests will fall on Saturday this week, with the Rhein-Amsterdam game gaining FOX Sports Network coverage. In Florida, that game will air at 1:00 p.m. on FSN, with FOX analyst Bill Maas, the former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman, joining Scott Graham in the booth.

The other two Saturday tilts can be caught on Direct TV, beginning with the Frankfurt Galaxy at the Barcelona Dragons at 11:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (DTV 704). Calling the action will be Drew Goodman along with Jason Garrett, a former quarterback in both the NFL and the NFLEL/World League. Game three kicks off at 12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on DTV 705 when the Scottish Claymores head to Berlin to play the Thunder. Nick Halling will be joined in the booth by JOHN JURKOVIC, an NFL defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns.

Tampa Bay-Allocated Players Update

  • P Andrew Bayes, Frankfurt Galaxy……Punted six times for a 44.7-yard average, including a long of 53.
  • G Wilbert Brown, Frankfurt Galaxy……Started versus Rhein.
  • WR Chris Daniels, Barcelona Dragons……On injured reserve due to neck injury.
  • WR Eddie Hardaway, Rhein Fire……Started and caught three passes for 18 yards and rushed twice for 14 yards.
  • G Kendell Mack, Scottish Claymores……Started against Amsterdam.
  • TE Randy Palmer, Scottish Claymores……Started and caught two passes for six yards.
  • CB Terrance Parrish, Frankfurt Galaxy……Started and led team with eight tackles.
  • DE Matt Sweeney, Amsterdam Admirals……Started and had four tackles, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery.
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