Pair of Stamps' win weekly honours

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:33 PM ET

It's not often the CFL's offensive player of the week nearly leads his team in defensive tackles, too.

For Ken-Yon Rambo, this was not your average outing.

The Calgary Stampeders receiver was saluted Tuesday for his two-touchdown performance Friday against the B.C. Lions, the same night he also racked up a career-high three takedowns. Defensive end Robert McCune led the team with four tackles.

"That's not a good stat," Rambo said. "That's not a stat that I want."

He had plenty of positives, too.

Rambo finished Friday's 48-35 victory at Empire Field with nine receptions for 108 yards and two majors, the finest offensive performance last week in the three-down ranks.

Stamps running back Jon Cornish was also honoured Tuesday, earning the top Canadian nod after rushing for 70 yards on six carries and catching two passes for 34 more yards.

Edmonton Eskimos kicker/punter Noel Prefontaine was named the special-teams player of the week, while Saskatchewan Roughriders safety James Patrick was named the top defender.

Patrick had three interceptions in a 17-14 loss to the Eskimos. Each of Rambo's tackles was the result of a picked pass, but the 31-year-old downplayed his ability to drop a defender.

"You don't want the other team to have the ball when they're not supposed to have the ball," he shrugged. "I gotta make that tackle. If it's around my area, you better make that tackle. Or try to, at least.

"It happens. You throw interceptions -- things like that happen, it's football -- but we reloaded and we scored 48 points and that's the key to the victory."

Just four games removed from missing a full year with a major knee injury, Rambo already has 21 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns. With numbers like that, it's easy to see why he's emerge as one of quarterback Henry Burris' top targets.

Unlike the National Football League, the CFL doesn't hand out a Comeback Player of the Year award. If they did, Rambo would be among the front-runners.

"Man, it feels good," Rambo said. "This is what I've been doing all off-season -- pushing myself to get on the field so I can help my team out in any way possible. The boat's floating, it's going good, we're 7-1, but it's a game-by-game thing. We've gotta take it game by game and we've got Edmonton next."

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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