Roughies receiver riding high right now

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Andy Fantuz claims to surf away from fan message boards when online, or he turns the channel to something other than talk radio in his car.

It's too bad, really. Nobody's talking about the early sophomore slump the Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver may have been suffering through earlier this season.

Most of the talk about the big Canadian slotback these days is about his precipitous rise in the 'Riders offence and how he's the reigning Canuck of the week and month.

"I had an up and down start to the season, but there is no reason to read into it," said Fantuz. "I just kept doing the same thing and it seemed to be looking up from there."

Heading into Monday's matchup with the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium, Fantuz is coming off the best game statistically in his career.

The 23-year-old caught seven passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Montreal Alouettes.

Since Matt Dominguez went down with a knee injury, Fantuz has become the go-to receiver for Kerry Joseph.

Fantuz credits his success to all that extra time after practice working on building chemistry with Joseph.

"The last couple of weeks, Kerry and I have started to feel that we're on the same page," Fantuz said.

As the season has gone on, Fantuz has steadily improved. More than half his total yards have come in the past four games as the Roughriders battle for playoff positioning.

"He's an example of a guy who understands that as the year goes on, you should be getting better, understanding that guys get run down physically a little bit," Riders head coach Kent Austin told the Regina Leader-Post recently.


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