The Canadian Football Countdown Players of the Week- Week 7
Offensive Player of the Week:
QB Mike Reilly (EDM)– After struggling to put points on the board in back-to-back games against the Argos, Mike Reilly came off the bye week and showed that the Eskimos high powered offense hasn’t lost a step at all. The reigning Most Outstanding Player made it look easy against the Alouettes’ defense all night long on Thursday, throwing for 415 yards and 4 touchdowns, while adding another touchdown on the ground. While his usual favourite targets, Duke Williams, Derel Walker, and Kenny Stafford, continued to be just that, Reilly also did an impressive job of spreading the ball around, completing passes to 9 different players. We come to expect big games from the Eskimos’ QB week in and week out, and this week he went above and beyond.
Defensive Player of the Week:
LB Jovan Santos-Knox (WPG)– The Bombers’ defense wreaked havoc over the Argos all game long on Friday night, putting up 4 sacks and a whopping 7 turnovers. The leader of this impressive defensive display? Linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox. He set the tone early with a sack on Toronto QB James Franklin on the Argos’ first possession, and continued the pressure all night long, finishing the night with 10 tackles and 3 sacks. The 2nd-year linebacker has become an integral part of the Bombers’ defense, forming a dynamic duo with star linebacker Adam Bighill. While the Bombers have played 1 more game than anyone else (and 2 more than BC), Bighill and Santos-Knox currently sit 1st and 2nd in defensive tackles.
Special Teams Player of the Week:
K Lewis Ward (OTT)– Rookie kicker Lewis Ward has come onto the CFL scene in tremendous fashion with the Ottawa Redblacks this year. In a game that featured offensive struggles for both sides, Ward stepped up and accounted for all of Ottawa’s 21 points en route to a 21-15 win over Hamilton on Saturday, going a perfect 7 for 7 on field goals. Ward has been nothing but consistent in his first season in the CFL, completing 20/21 field goals as the league’s most accurate kicker thus far. It appears the Redblacks have found themselves a gem in the 25 year old Canadian kicker.