CFP Canadian Three Stars - Week 4
Heading into Labour Day Weekend in the CFL, let’s take one more look back at the action from Week 4.
Despite the Thursday Night Football contest between the Edmonton Elks and Toronto Argonauts being cancelled, the remaining three games of the week offered enough action and intrigue for everyone to enjoy.
There were a number of standout performances from National players for Week 4, and we’ll take a look through the top three
1) Jevon Cottoy, BC Lions REC
The BC Lions have one of the deepest receiving rooms in the entire league this season. They already had Bryan Burnham, Lemar Durant, and Shaq Johnson, and they added Lucky Whitehead and Dominique Rhymes. It’s hard to get a lion’s share of targets -- no pun intended -- with so many mouths to feed.
Whitehead and Burnham have been the leaders in both targets, catches, and yards for the team so far, but against the REDBLACKS last weekend, sophomore Jevon Cottoy was the man to watch.
He was able to reel in each of the five passes that Michael Reilly directed his way, posting a career-best 93 yards to go along with a touchdown.
It was a massive performance from the Langley Rams product, as he didn’t receive a single target through the first three games of the season.
He gained a chunk of that yardage on one play, with Reilly stepping up in the pocket to hit Cottoy on a corner route down the left sideline. Don Unamba wasn’t able to swat the ball down, and Cottoy managed to stay in bounds and get in for the 46-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder should get some more looks within the offence with this performance. He definitely proved that he can be trusted when given the opportunity, and he could be a beast in red-zone situations at the least with his frame.
2) Andrew Harris, Winnipeg Blue Bombers RB
After missing the first few weeks due to injury, Andrew Harris stepped back into the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ lineup and put up big numbers.
Is anyone surprised? Of course not.
The reigning Grey Cup MVP and Most Valuable Canadian had 17 rushes in his return against the Stampeders, and he rumbled for 81 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Averaging 4.8 yards a carry is a solid start to the campaign, and Harris is only going to get more volume as he gets back from this injury -- and a nearly two-year layoff since his last in-game action.
The Bombers were already doing well with Harris out, and now that they have their workhorse back, look out.
3) Sean Thomas-Erlington, Hamilton Tiger-Cats RB
Thomas-Erlington was ripping up the league during the early stages of the 2019 before an injury abruptly ended his season.
He started this season with a pair of quiet performances, posting just 29 and 20 yards, respectively -- he also only received 15 combined carries in those two games, so take those numbers with a grain of salt.
Week 4 against Montreal was his breakout game of the campaign, as he had a season-high 10 carries for 71 yards and a major.
We know that Hamilton’s bread and butter is the passing game, and Brandon Banks can also cut into rushes at times with sweeps and other trick plays to get the speedster out in space. In order to be successful, Thomas-Erlington needs to make the most of the times his name gets called by Tommy Condell.
He was able to do that this week, and it helped the Tabbies to a victory.
Honourable Mention - Jordan WIlliams, BC Lions LB
Williams just misses the podium here, but I couldn’t let his performance against the Ottawa REDBLACKS go unnoticed.
He finished the game with eight tackles and nabbed the first interception of his CFL career while helping the Leos to another victory in the nation’s capital.
Williams has looked more comfortable with every passing game and he’s growing into one of the leaders of this BC defence.
Austin Owens is a double grad in journalism at Centennial College, previously a Junior Content Coordinator with the Canadian Football League. Austin has also had stops at Sportsnet 590 the FAN and theScore.