With files from Riderville.com
REGINA -- One of the more versatile pivots in the league, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are by no means rushing Darian Durant back into making moves with his feet.
Durant is coming off leading his club to a big win over the Calgary Stampeders, just one week after watching from the sideline in Montreal as he nursed a hip injury.
His name was absent from the rushing area of the stats sheet and it didn't seem to affect him or his team's production.
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“I knew I wouldn’t be effective as I would like to be if I ran,” Durant said this week. “I just tried to maneuver around in the pocket a little bit and make some time and make some plays that way and it worked.”
Still bothered by a that bad hip, Durant silenced some of his critics who say he isn’t a pocket passer, by standing back and completing 22 of 35 passes for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He decided he was not going utilize the running component of his game and just stood back and threw the ball to seven different receivers in what might have been his most well-rounded effort of the season.
Riders head coach Corey Chamblin was also very glowing of his starting quarterback, saying, “That’s one of the best games I’ve seen Darian have in a while”. During the week, he was crisp with everything that he threw, and I thought he was just crisp with his assignments. He knew when to throw the ball away and all those good things. I thought he had a good game.’’
Chamblin also had more of a grin to him when this was over and he conceded that its nice to finally hang one on a team that he spent a lot of time with as an assistant.
“When I look at it, I had most of my career in the CFL in Calgary, so beating Calgary to me was a plus for a lot of different reasons.” Chamblin said. (Special teams coach) Craig Dickenson finally beat his brother, and we knew how hard that was. That’s a team that stole some things from us early in the year, so I thought it was a team that we had to beat.’’
Besides beating the Stampeders, they also made Chamblin’s pre-game guarantee stand up as Calgary running back Jon Cornish was unable to crack the 100-yard barrier running for just 67. Chamblin had said leading up to the game that Cornish would not run for 100 yards and if he did, someone would lose his job.
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