by Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
RIVALUS has joined the CFLPA to break down; the stats, the plays, and the intangibles of our players to determine the best selection for the RIVALUS Featured Player of the Week. The players of the CFL work tirelessly so that they can be one step quicker, and one rep stronger than the opposition on game-day. With the help of the safe and effective nutritional supplements designed and tested by RIVALUS, they can. Here’s who owned their performance in week 5:
Who in the CFL can say they were not entertained by the 5th week of the season? Be it; a special teams showdown between the Stampeders and the Eskimos, the high-octane offence between Hamilton and Ottawa, or the defensive showdown like that between Winnipeg and BC, Canadian football did not disappoint. Several players stood out over the last few days of competition which made this selection as hard as ever. Solomon Elimimian led the league in tackles this week. Throughout the course of the game the big linebacker was able to ground the ball-carrier 12 times. In the same game, Winnipeg’s rookie-kicker Lirim Hajrullahu made his impact on the landscape of the game as he kicked 5/5 of his field goals, earning his team 15 valuable points against the stingy Lions defense. The young kicker/punter also performed all kicks for the Blue Bombers as Mike Renaud was out of the lineup due to injury. In Hamilton, there were a few performances of note, and one that simply could not be overlooked. Marcus Henry of the Ottawa REDBLACKS had his best game of 2014 as he received for 138 yards over 10 catches. The sparkplug of that game though, was dressed in black and yellow as C.J. Gable returned to elite-form. Gable rushed for an average of over 10 yards per carry, netting 62 rushing yards, only to outdo himself as a receiver, finding another 105 yards over 3 catches. With numbers like that, it would take a very special performance to eclipse C.J. as the RIVALUS Featured Player of the Week, and yet, Dan LeFevour put on such a performance.
Hamilton was in a bind heading into the preparation for week 5. The Tiger-Cats, still without starting quarterback Zach Collaros, needed to decide on a pivot to man the offence against Ottawa. Although Jeremiah Masoli had earned the position for week 4, the team ultimately decided that the potent rushing threat in LeFevour, offered the most diverse game plan against the REDBLACKS. Clearly, that decision paid dividends as the Central Michigan Alum was able to take advantage of nearly every opportunity that was given to him on Saturday. By the end of the game, as Dan kneeled in victory formation, he had amassed 361 passing yards spread out over 7 receivers. Not only did he conduct an aerial assault, but LeFevour also broke the pocket 13 times to find a Canadian football field’s length in rushing yards. Although the Cats did strike on their very first drive, the offense did not look 100% in sync initially. LeFevour took a minute to adjust to the game, but by the middle of the second quarter, he was comfortably sitting in the pocket created by his offensive line, and allowing his receivers’ routes to come to fruition. The clearest example of this was demonstrated halfway through the 4th quarter, as Ottawa’s defensive line’s pass-rush went unimpeded and Dan was able to draw them in for a perfect screen pass execution. The play resulted in C.J. Gable running the ball 82 yards down the field.
After falling back 0-3 in the first 4 weeks of the season, Hamilton needed a spark of something special on Saturday night. In an intimate, sold-out stadium, the Ti-Cats were able to rally around their starting quarterback and came out with the all-important W in their home opener. Dan LeFevour owned his performance at Ron Joyce Stadium, and for that reason he is the RIVALUS Featured Player of the Week.
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 6’s Featured Player!