Burris breaks goose egg

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:36 PM ET

It took five touchdown passes and a whipping of the top team in the East Division, but the Calgary Stampeders finally have an offensive player of the week award to their credit.

Every other CFL team has collected the offensive award this season before quarterback Henry Burris was finally named yesterday after a 41-30 victory over the Montreal Alouettes Friday at McMahon Stadium.

The recognition is long overdue, seeing as how the Stamps have the second-most points this season and are tied for the second-best record in the league.

"Nobody cares about the awards in our locker-room, but we do want respect," Burris said. "Maybe it takes winning a championship and that's something we haven't done since we've been here ... then so be it.

"Right now, we're working towards that goal."

Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Jason Goss won the defensive award, B.C. Lions returner Stefan Logan took special teams honours and Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty earned top Canadian.

Burris' award is only the third individual honour the Stamps have received this season, behind only Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, who each have one.

Are the prairie teams getting forgotten? It's understandable to see the 3-8 Blue Bombers getting overlooked, but the 8-3 Roughriders could do some complaining as well.

But Burris said both the Stamps and Riders are getting it done with team efforts, although that's hardly an excuse.

The 2-9 Hamilton Tiger-Cats have won three awards, while the 4-7 Toronto Argonauts have taken home eight.

"There are times when they favour other teams before Calgary," Burris said. "I'm not sure why it's like that. We've had guys who have had monster games.

"It's not to say we want all the awards, but if somebody has a good game, they shouldn't be disqualified because of the team they play on. We have guys putting their heart and soul on the line each and every week."

Burris had a 143.3 passer rating in the outing and had his first five-TD outing this season. He is now on pace for more than 5,000 passing yards 37 touchdowns, both of which would be career-highs.

If he stays healthy, Burris would be a contender for the CFL's most outstanding player award.

Although head coach John Hufnagel said this player of the week award is team-earned, he admits his quarterback is playing a high level.

"Henry had a fantastic game," Hufnagel said. "It was probably the best I've seen him play since I've been back here coaching.

"But he isn't playing any different from that first game in Montreal. He's been very consistent all year long.

"We've asked him to manage the game and give the ball to his teammates and he's done an outstanding job. We've asked him to take care of the football and he's done that as well. Overall, he's playing the position quite well."

Burris knows the Stamps haven't won anything yet, and there is plenty for this team to accomplish.

He won player of the month twice last season when the team went 7-10-1 and were first-round playoff victims.

"It means a lot to get recognized, but when it's the quarterback, it's a reflection of the team you play with and how they've done," Burris said.

"The guys are being rewarded, and I'm thankful to be mentioned amongst the guys who have received the award this year. We have a bigger award in mind to what we're trying to play for this year."


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