Clutch-catch Copeland grabs star nod

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland insists he doesn't tune in to see if he cracked the plays of the week.

"If I do, I usually find out from somebody else," he said.

Over the past few weeks, Copeland has been a fixture on the highlight-reel.

The Calgary Stampeders slotback did it again last Friday, making a clutch touchdown catch while piggybacking a defender to give his club a last-minute victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.

"We're playmakers, and that's what they expect from us," Copeland said.

"They always say big-time players make big-time catches in big-time games.

"I love whenever the game is real close and you've got to make a big catch," he added.

"I think what separates the great receivers from a regular receiver is if you can make clutch catches whenever they're needed.

"Anybody can catch the ball when you're wide open, but not too many people can make the catch when you're covered up."

Copeland was named the CFL's offensive player of the week yesterday for the second time this season, a well-deserved nod after he chalked up 117 receiving yards and made two trips to the endzone in the latest instalment of the Battle of Alberta.

On the other side of the ball, Stamps defensive lineman Jim Davis earned his first player-of-the-week award after notching four tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery against the Eskimos.

Saskatchewan Roughriders kicker Luca Congi earned the special-teams honour, while Montreal Alouettes linebacker Shea Emry was named the top Canadian.

Although he's a two-time division all-star, few pundits expected Copeland to have a season like this.

Through 10 games, the 32-year-old pass-catcher leads the eight-team loop with 11 touchdowns and sits second with 759 receiving yards.

With two more catches, he'll up his career total to 500.

If the past few weeks is any indication, the nine-year veteran will hit the milestone in flashy fashion.

It seems every time Copeland makes a catch these days, it's a biggie.

"Jeremaine has been clutch all year. His entire career, he's been clutch," said Stamps quarterback Henry Burris.

"He's getting an opportunity to make a lot of plays, and we're putting him in positions where he can make those plays, and the guy has responded like we all knew he would.

"He comes through each and every time."


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