Burris honoured by CFL

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris earned CFL offensive player of the week honours...

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris earned CFL offensive player of the week honours Wednesday. (Calgary Sun File/Stuart Dryden)

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

If this were the Oscars, Henry Burris would barely be halfway through his acceptance speech before that darn music started.

The Calgary Stampeders quarterback would have to thank Steve Buratto for his game plan, Jeremaine Copeland for getting open in the endzone, Wes Cates for emerging as a rusher, Ken-Yon Rambo for ... oh, forget it.

The Red and White's total team effort on offence last week earned their quarterback CFL offensive player of the week honours yesterday, although the award could have gone to a number of players.

At least Rambo was given a runner-up mention for his two touchdown performance and 36-yard run on a double reverse.

"Coach Buratto is good for opening it up for everybody and letting everybody contribute," Rambo said.

"Doing different things keeps the offence off balance.

"That was my best game in Canada but I feel I can do better. Buratto gave me some nice opportunities."

There is no doubt Burris had good numbers in the win. He finished 18-of-33 passing for 295 with three touchdown passes and one pick as the pivot picked up his second award in the past three weeks.

Cates could have picked up a special-teams honour after his touchdown on a fake field goal was called back.

The Stamps showed some sympathy for Cates by throwing to him on the next series and giving him the handoff for a 64-yard reverse later in the game.

Head coach Tom Higgins has long preached making every player on the roster part of the package and, heading into the Labour Day Classic with Edmonton, the Stamps have never done it so well.

"When we spread the football around and use our weapons, that's when we move the ball," said Higgins.

"We have a solid group of receivers and we can also run the football.

"People think we found a player in Cates but we knew that all along. We handed the ball and saw he could run.

"It gives us the opportunity to hit our stride at the right time."

The defensive side of the ball was also recognized as

Coby Rhinehart was named defensive player of the week for his two interception performance, the second time this month he has been recognized.

Since the Stamps ended a three-game losing streak early in August, all three phases of the club have clicked.

Burris has also looked more confident and he said it took a dismal loss in Regina against his former team at the end of July for him to loosen up, relax and take the easy play when it came to him.

"The offence really hit the low point when we lost to Saskatchewan," Burris said. "There were throws I could have made that I didn't and we were all so tight.

"We just said to ourselves, 'We're better than that team over there. Let's just do it.' We laid it on the line and turned the corner."


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