CFP Canadian Three Stars - Week 2
It’s nice to see Canadian talent flourishing through two weeks of CFL action in 2021.
While the inaugural edition of the CFP Canadian Three Stars featured some breakout offensive performances, we got to see a familiar hard-hitter step out and help his team to a win.
We have three completely new members of this list following Week 2, which just speaks to the incredible talent that is littered throughout the nine rosters.
First Star: Bo Lokombo, BC Lions
It was an interesting year for Bo Lokombo. After a standout season in Montreal where he was converted from a WILL linebacker to a safety, he found himself as a free agent.
It didn’t take him long to sign with the Toronto Argonauts, but he was also cut from their roster after the cancellation of the 2020 season. He found himself back in familiar surroundings, signing with the Leos ahead of this season.
The Abbotsford, BC native wasted no time in returning to form. Back in his usual position in the second level, Lokombo helped the Lions seal their first win of the campaign.
On top of six tackles, he added his first sack of the campaign along with an interception -- one of four thrown by Bo Levi Mitchell for the game.
Lokombo will have to be one of the leaders on this defensive unit, as he’ll be a big help to 2020 first overall pick Jordan Williams as he finds his way as a MIKE linebacker in the CFL.
Second Star: Nic Demski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Demski has been a solid contributor within Winnipeg’s offence for a number of years at this point. Since coming over from Saskatchewan in 2018, he’s posted over 1,000 yards combined and scored six touchdowns. He’s also been used at times as a change-of-pace back in the run game, giving defences a different look from Andrew Harris.
He’s continued his consistency to start this season, going over 65 yards in his first two games. Demski got into the end zone for the first time against the Argonauts last weekend, adding 68 yards on eight catches.
That was the second-best total on the Bombers for the game behind only Kenny Lawler, who finished just short of 100 yards on 10 receptions.
Winnipeg has started right where they left off in 2019 and Demski will just continue to rack up yards after the catch within Buck Pierce’s offensive attack.
Third Star: Brayden Lenius, Saskatchewan Roughriders
With Shaq Evans going down mid-game for the Riders, someone needed to pick up his production -- a tough ask considering Evans finished with over 1,300 yards last year.
While it wasn’t a 100-yard performance, Lenius was Cody Fajardo’s favourite target down the stretch, as he reeled in all five balls thrown his way for a team-best 62 yards.
Mitchell Picton and Kyran Moore did finish with touchdowns for the green and white, however, Lenius was the most consistent on the day.
It was a breakout performance of sorts from Lenius, who had just four yards on a pair of catches in his rookie year. But he was the 15th overall pick in the 2019 CFL Draft, so his big day isn’t something that should come as a surprise. He was going to get his chance to produce within the offence this year after sitting and learning as a first-year player.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder will likely see the ball coming his way more. Moore is likely to become the go-to guy with Evans out, but I could see Lenius playing a role like Chris Matthews did during his time in the CFL. He’s certainly going to be a red-zone threat at the least for Jason Maas and Fajardo.