CFP Canadian Three Stars - Wk 3
First Star: Jordan Williams, BC Lions Linebacker
It’s been a solid start to a CFL career for the first overall pick in the 2020 CFL Draft, but Jordan Williams’ coming-out party seemed to come against the Elks in Week 3. The MIKE linebacker finished with a team-best 10 tackles on the game, a career-high to this point.
Ten tackles is extremely impressive for a linebacker. You’d be worried if you saw a DB with those kinds of totals, as it likely meant he got beat and had to recover to take down his assignment. With ten tackles, Williams was flying around for the Leos and was a big factor against Edmonton. The team dropped the contest, but he proved himself in a big way
Second Star: Kian Schaffer-Baker, Saskatchewan Roughriders REC
I’ll say this: Brayden Lenius did lead the Riders in receiving with 67 yards, so I can’t go without giving him a shoutout. But I decided to switch it up and give another Riders pass-catcher his due respect.
Schaffer-Baker had a similar road to the CFL as Williams. In fact, both put themselves on the radars of CFL teams with their performances at last year’s Ontario Regional Combine. Schaffer-Baker was drafted in the middle rounds by Saskatchewan, and the Guelph product had his biggest game in his short CFL career against the REDBLACKS this past weekend. He posted 64 yards but also caught four of the five balls directed his way.
He capped the night off with a 25-yard reception, showing Craig Dickenson and Jason Maas that he could be trusted if the ball came his way. The 23-year-old stands at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds and had a 40-inch vertical at the combine -- the best of the entire group. He could be a special player and is a nice piece for the Riders to have as depth.
Third Star: Dejon Brissett, Toronto Argonauts REC
Brissett had a coming home in Week 3, playing the first game of his career in front of his hometown crowd. He came about a yard short of his first CFL touchdown, but he still managed to reel in a pair of passes for 51 yards, including one of them that went for 31 yards.
As the second overall pick in the 2020 Draft, Brissett is firmly in the Argos’ plans for the future, but coming into the year, his target share was hindered by the veteran talents like Ricky Collins Jr., DaVaris Daniels, and Juwan Brescacin. However, he’ll have to pick up some more responsibility with Brescacin out for the next while.
This game could be a huge showcase of what’s to come for the Mississauga, Ont., native.
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.