by Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
On a weekly basis, we break down; the stats, the plays, and the intangibles of our players to determine the best selection for the CFLPA Featured Player of the week. Based on performance both on, and off the field, we select one player who stood out for the previous week. Here’s who gets the nod for week 3:
Nail-biters? Check. Blowouts? Check. Week 3 was as diverse as CFL games come, and as a result we saw some very, very good individual performances. In Edmonton, the Eskimos were rolling as they wow-ed their fans on both sides of the ball. Almondo Sewell, along with the rest of the Esks’ defensive line kept steady pressure on Henry Burris as number 90 found himself 3 sacks on the night. Offensively, Adarius Bowman had a breakout game finding 140 yards and 3 TD’s over 9 touches. In Saskatchewan, it was the Lions’ tailback Andrew Harris who had his standout game of the young 2014 season. Harris rushed for 138 yards over 18 touches (averaging close to 8 yards a carry), and caught for another 65 yards. Though these aforementioned performances did shape their respective games’ landscapes, week 3’s featured player did even more than that. With a near-perfect offensive scheme behind him, Bo Levi Mitchell was able to execute one of the soundest offensive games so far in 2014.
If there is one city that you seldom walk out of as the dominant quarterback, it is Toronto. On Saturday though, it was not Ricky Ray who left the game as the most-talked-about pivot; it was Mitchell. With a game plan bent on keeping Toronto guessing, Calgary used aerial assaults to compliment a very solid running-game. Not to mention that all of this was done without starters: Jon Cornish, Nik Lewis, or Maurice Price, who combined for a little over 3,300 yards in 2013. Bo was poised in the pocket and saw routes develop down-field that resulted in him throwing 4 touchdown passes over his 16 completions. Bo only threw 24 total passes in the game with a respectable completion rate of 67%. The impressive stat to really delve into though was the fact that Bo was throwing touchdowns on 17% of his attempts. Not a fan of statistics? How about trick-plays? The young quarterbacks even found the opportunity for some gridiron trickery as he confounded the Argos late in the first quarter with a hand-off thrown back to him to make a 58-yard touchdown pass, which put Calgary up 10-6 to close the quarter.
At the end of last season, as the dispersal draft loomed, all fans knew that Calgary had a big decision to make with regards to its quarterback situation. John Hufnagel looks to have made the right choices, as his first-year starter has already shown that he has what it takes to be successful in the CFL. At only 24 years old, we have yet to see the best from an already very potent force behind Calgary’s center. Congratulations Bo, you have been selected as the CFLPA Featured Player for week 3!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 4’s CFLPA Featured Player!