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 7:
To say that week 7 in the CFL had it all would be an understatement. Defensive stands, special teams touchdowns, interceptions, sacks… the list goes on. Picking 1 player amongst the list of notable performances was as hard as ever this week, and here’s why. In Winnipeg, Saskatchewan was looking to walk into hostile territory to beat the red-hot Blue Bombers at home. After some pre-game animosity, both teams came out hungry, but thanks to the contributions from both sides of Saskatchewan’s game the Roughriders were able to hand Winnipeg their second loss. John Chick continued his stellar 2014 season with yet another 3 sacks on Drew Willy, putting his total at 9 (already ahead of his 2013 total). Offensively, Saskatchewan also had a beast to unleash in the second half against the Bombers in Jerome Messam. The 6’3”, 245lb running back found 126 yards on only 19 touches, all in the second half of the game. Alas, there were even more performances of note in the CFL. Bo Levi Mitchell and his favourite target of the week; Marquay McDaniel teamed up for 117 yards and a touchdown against the REDBLACKS. Mitchell would throw for another 2 touchdowns, as well as rush for one himself. In BC, the Tiger-Cats fell back to the Lions, although they too had some big plays. Most prominent was Sam Giguere who completed his first 100-yard game catching 3 balls for a total of 130 yards. It was BC though, that put together some fireworks too bright to dismiss. Emmanuel Arceneaux and Shawn Gore both had incredible games, combining for 220 receiving yards. The reason? Their veteran quarterback; Kevin Glenn.
At the beginning of the 2014 season, most were unsure as to where Glenn would end up. After Ottawa selected him in the expansion draft from Calgary, and with Thomas DeMarco as a solid back-up, it appeared Glenn had a home to close out his storied career. Instead, as Hamilton released Henry Burris, it was the Lions that saw a role for Kevin. Since then, as Travis Lulay continues to rehabilitate, the Lions continue to roll as #2 has taken the offence’s wheel and floored the gas. Against Hamilton, the 35 year-old was able to complete 22 passes for a season-high (amongst all quarterbacks) 407 yards. Not only did Kevin nearly throw his arm clean off, but he also challenged defenders on the ground, rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown. With Andrew Harris visibly hurt, it was up to Glenn to find a way to win. The pressure was never too much for him, and that is why Kevin Glenn is week 8’s RIVALUS Featured Player.
With many changes to the organization over the past year, the Lions needed to create some chemistry, quick. If you spend any time on the BC website, you can see that over the past 7 weeks of play, the Lions have coalesced in an amazing way. BC started out very low in many of the preliminary power rankings, but with performances like that seen in week 7, the Lions just might have what it takes to compete for the Grey Cup at home.
Congratulations Kevin, you earned every bit of this honour!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 8’s Featured Player!