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Scott Cullen | TSN.ca Staff
Here are some of the best from Week 5 and players to watch for Week 6:
Dan LeFevour, QB, Hamilton (21-for-30, 361 YDS, 1 TD passing, 109 YDS, 13 carries, 1 TD rushing vs. Ottawa) – Apparently Zach Collaros can take his time recovering from a big hit by Edmonton’s Odell Willis on July 4, as he’s been placed on the six-game injured list. LeFevour’s monster game against Ottawa should leave the TiCats relatively comfortable with their QB situation in Collaros’ absence. LeFevour has completed 73.1% of his passes this year, and he can run, so he should be at least adequate as a fill-in while Collaros is out.
CJ Gable, RB, Hamilton (167 YDS, 1 TD, 9 touches vs. Ottawa) – Not a lot of opportunities for Gable against the REDBLACKS, but he sure made the most of it, averaging 18.6 yards every time he touched the ball. Sure, it’s against an expansion team, but the second-year back out of USC is providing plenty of reason for Hamilton to give him a bigger role in the offence going forward.
Will Ford, RB, Saskatchewan (137 YDS, 3 TD, 20 touches vs. Toronto) – The third-year runner out of South Carolina State, who played for Winnipeg the past two seasons, had a career day against the Argos. He rushed for 156 yards in a game against Calgary last season, but three touchdowns made last week’s performance the most productive day of his relatively brief career.
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN WEEK 6
Darian Durant, QB, Saskatchewan – Off to a slow start, completing fewer than 55% of his passes (compared to a career mark of 61.2%), Durant also has five touchdowns and five interceptions through his first four games in 2014.
He didn’t need to throw much in a rout of the Argos last week, but Durant gets a matchup against an Ottawa team that has the league’s worst pass defence. Seems like a good time for a breakout performance.
Jock Sanders, RB, Calgary – As well as the BC Lions’ defence has played, ranking second in the league with 291.6 yards against per game, they are more susceptible against the run and Sanders contributed 93 yards on 17 touches against Edmonton last week. Sanders, who has mostly been a return specialist, with a total of eight carries in three previous seasons with the Stampeders, is the primary replacement for Jon Cornish while the reigning Most Outstanding Player is recovering from a concussion.
Marcus Henry, WR, Ottawa – A big target, at 6-foot-5, Henry had a productive game (10 REC, 138 YDS, 1 TD at Hamilton) in a losing effort last week and while the Redblacks could have their troubles against Saskatchewan this week, the Riders’ defence has allowed 259.3 passing yards per game, ranking seventh in the league. Henry may not duplicate the best game of his career, but there is room for him to step into a bigger role for Ottawa moving forward.