March 11, 2003
New York — Two former Seminoles were named Arena Football League Players of the Month. Colorado offensive specialist Damian Harrell was voted the AFL’s top offensive player while San Jose’s Clevan Thomas earned defensive player of the month honors. Harrell caught 30 passes for 475 yards, 15 touchdowns and a league-leading 96 points while Thomas led the league in interceptions with six during the month of February, including two returned for touchdowns.
Harell, who played wide receiver at Florida State from 1995-97, is in his fifth AFL season. He had two five-touchdown games (against Georgia and Los Angeles) and is among the league leaders in receptions, yards, touchdowns and scoring. This marks the first time Harrell has earned an AFL monthly honor.
Thomas, who lettered at cornerback from 1997-99 at FSU, was the 2002 Rookie and ADT Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to the six interceptions during the last month, he averaged 18.5 yards on 20 kickoff returns, including a long of 45. He tallied 8.0 total tackles, five pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries. This is the second AFL monthly honor for Thomas.
The other AFL monthly honors went to Orlando Predator Cory Fleming (Ironman), Orlando Predator Travis McGriff (Rookie) and Grand Rapids Rampage kicker Brian Gowins (kicker).