Category Archives: Riders

Three Minutes With Coach Chamblin

As our quest to spotlight minor football in the province of Saskatchewan continues with Football Saskatchewan I had the opportunity to talk with Saskatchewan Roughrider Head Coach Corey Chamblin.

He spoke candidly about how the game of football gave him the opportunity to change the direction that his life was headed at an early age as well as what he hopes players take away from the game.

It’s A Rematch, By George! Rider Game Day Preview:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in Guelph Ontario getting set for the conclusion of their home and home series with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Lost in the return of Kent Austin to Regina last week seems to be this week’s return of Rider Offensive Coordinator George Cortez.

After just one season at the helm in Hamilton Cortez was dumped in favour of Austin late in the off-season. Cortez, who was then scooped up by Saskatchewan, was very pleased with his new team’s 37-nothing shutout of the Tiger-Cats, last week. You can catch all of today’s action along the Roughrider Radio Network starting on CJWW at 3:30.

The Green and White will now attempt to sweep the season series from the Cats. Here is the complete break down of today’s match-up:

TGIF With Some Of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

A little of Dis N’ Dat to wind up the week….

Starting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders… Your guess is as good as mine whether Darian Durant starts or not tomorrow in Hamilton. The Voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Rod Pedersen reported yesterday that the team had two 46-man rosters filled out with Durant starting and without.

All I can say is going into a bye week may allow for Durant to at least start, however, Hamilton will be motivated to pressure him which may be a reason for him to sit.

Like I say your guess is as good as mine.

I have a great deal of admiration this morning for Edmonton Eskimo Head Coach Kavis Reed. The Eskies in a tight loss to Montreal did the Quarterback shuffle in the first half and he was much maligned for the move by the TSN crew. I think he deserves kudos for doing what he believes is right in developing his starting quarterback. Let’s face it, the Eskimos were truly a league review away from winning the game.

Rider Roster Moves

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the addition of non-import offensive lineman Brendan Dunn and import offensive lineman Devin Tyler to the teams practice roster.

Dunn (6’7 – 280) was originally selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 3rd round (17th overall) of the 2011 Canadian Draft. The Burlington, ON native spent the entire 2012 season on the Bombers practice squad.

The 24-year-old spent five seasons at the University of Western Ontario where he was named a 2011 first team CIS All-Canadian.

CFL Week 4 Power Rankings: How Low Can You Go????

With Week 4 in the rear view mirror here’s a look at my latest CFL Power Rankings. Not a lot of movement at the top granted. However, some teams are dropping faster than an egg from a tall chicken!

Here’s a look at where the eight clubs stand entering week 5.

1 Saskatchewan Roughriders: (4-0 LW: 37-0 win vs. Hamilton) – (Last Week Rank #1 [3rd Week In A Row])

Riders Dominate POTW

Saskatchewan Roughriders Darian Durant, Renauld Williams and Rob Bagg have each been named a CFL Gibson’s Finest Player of the Week.

Durant was named Offensive Player of the Week following Sunday’s 37-point victory at Mosaic Stadium. The eight year Rider completed 20 of 32 pass attempts for a season high 347 yards. The University of North Carolina product added four touchdown passes including a 60-yard strike.

This is the third time is his career that Durant has been named offensive player of the week.

Williams was named the Defensive Player of the Week after leading a dominating defensive performance in the Riders shutout win over Hamilton. The 32-year-old middle linebacker picked up three defensive tackles and two quarterback sacks. The Hofstra graduate has tied his single-season high of five sacks after only four weeks.

A Return To Forget For Kent Austin

Kent Austin returned to Riderville for the first time in six seasons leading his Hamilton Tiger Cats against the 3-and-oh Saskatchewan Roughriders. It was a game he won’t forget for all of the wrong reasons as his Ti-Cats were skunked 37-nothing by the home-town Riders.

Check out the inside view of the contest by clicking here.

Who Says You Kent Come Home? Official Rider Game Day Preview:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will welcome former player and coach Kent Austin and his Hamilton Tiger-Cats to Mosaic Stadium Sunday afternoon! (You can catch all the action along the Roughrider Radio network starting on CJWW Saskatoon at 3pm)

The Riders will look to remain perfect on the season putting their 3-and-oh record on the line against the 1-and-2 Tabbies.

Last week the Riders visited the Rogers Centre in Toronto to take on the Argonauts. The Green and White came away with a 39-28 win to remain the CFL’s lone unbeaten team. Kory Sheets was named CFL Offensive Player of the Week after running for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Renauld Williams was named CFL Defensive Player of the Week after registering eight defensive tackles, two quarterback sacks and a pass knockdown. Taj Smith also added two touchdowns while Darian Durant completed 14 of 19 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns.

The Tiger-Cats got into the win column last week with a 25-20 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Ti-Cats were led by quarterback Henry Burris as he completed 26 of 32 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns. The Hamilton defence picked up five quarterback sacks in the game.

Week four is the first of two meetings between the Riders and Tiger-Cats and the front end of a home and home series as these two teams meet again next Saturday at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium.

Here is the complete break down of this weeks tilt:

A Little Of Dave’s Dis And Of Course Some of Dat!

Well a week off is almost in the books. Here’s my take on what’s up in the world of sports.

We will start with the Riders and right after I submitted my CFL picks of the week I hear that Darian Durant was back on the practice field today. While enjoying some R&R with the family I had a chance to catch Kelly Remple and Rod Pedersen on CKRM’s Sports Cage. Kelly argued that Durant was injury prone but that he played through those injuries.

CFL Week 4 Picks:

Well I after a dismal week 2 I rebounded with a four-for-four week three and improved my overall season record to 9-and-3. Here’s my shot at improving my record with my week three picks:

WEEK 4 CFL Predictions:

Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers:

Argos: (LW 39-28 loss vs. SK. Record 1-2 T 1st EAST)

Bombers: (LW 25-20 loss @ HAM. Record 1-2 Tied 1st East)

This will be the first meeting of the season between the Bombers and the Argonauts and just the second game at Investors Group Field in the Manitoba Capital. Both teams are coming off of week three losses and looking to assert themselves in the very tight East Division. Perhaps of more importance to the Bombers is that this is the fourth time that they have played a divisional opponent and in the long run this meets can determine play-off spots and positioning.