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 6:
In the search for this week’s Featured Player, we saw several notable performances from all 3 phases of the game. Offensively, Drew Willy pulled out a clutch victory in the dying seconds of his team’s tilt against the Tiger-Cats. Willy threw for 361 yards, and lobbed his sole aerial TD-pass with but seconds remaining on the clock to move the Blue Bombers to 5-1. In Calgary, the Lions pulled off an impressive win despite a great game put on by the Stampeders. Martell Mallett, who was seeing his first start in 2014 rushed for 116 yards and received for an additional 59 yards. On the defensive side of Calgary’s ball, Keon Raymond returned from injury to wow the fans at Commonwealth Stadium with 8 tackles, and an interception returned for a touchdown. Although BC had its struggles against the Stampeders, it was the efforts like that of Andrew Harris, who combined rushing and receiving to add 143 yards of offense for the Lions, that secured BC a victory against the undefeated Stamps. Although notable, these performances did not succeed in shaping the landscapes of their respective games like what was seen in Ottawa on Saturday. Darian Durant had another solid outing, completing 76% of his throws for nearly 300 yards. Both Rob Bagg, and Brett Swain had stat-riddled nights as they combined for over 200 receiving yards. The Roughriders dominated the REDBLACKS from start to finish, but no one in the nation’s capital was as dominant as Tristan Jackson.
It takes a lot of big plays to be regarded as the featured player of the week from the defensive side of the ball. It takes even bigger plays to receive the honour as a special teams player. Yet, Tristan Jackson was able to remain a potent threat in every phase of the game he played against the REDBLACKS. On defense, Jackson was able to contribute: 5 tackles, 2 deflections, and 1 interception that helped rally the Riders to an early and insurmountable lead. Then, Jackson was able to use his time on special teams to return punts to the tune of 105 yards of offensive field position. As if these statistics weren’t enough to earn Jackson the nod for week 6, he also was able to return a missed field goal all the way to the house to score a 111-yard touchdown. When the lights are on, stars make plays. That is what we saw with Saskatchewan’s #38 on Saturday.
After a dominant 2013, and the loss of several key components, Saskatchewan had a mountain to climb quickly. With new pieces to the puzzle, and new schemes to incorporate, the Roughriders looked to be going through early growing-pains. With momentum on their side now, and 1 win more than their loss column, the Riders look to be back on track, or at least heading in that direction. With plenty of season left to play, it is performances like this that could mean a second trip to the Grey Cup final in as many years.
Congratulations Tristan, you fought hard for the honour!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 7’s Featured Player!