REGINA — Darian Durant has, dare we say it, a bit of his swagger back.
It’s no secret the Roughriders quarterback wasn’t having much fun under the duo of Greg Marshall and Doug Berry, so it’s not surprising to see him with a gleam in his eye now that Ken Miller is back in the saddle.
The Bombers boast the league’s best defence and the Riders offence has actually been pretty good lately, so Sunday’s Labour Day Classic should be a solid test for both sides.
Durant is quite familiar with the CFL’s sack leader, Bombers defensive end Odell Willis, because they worked out together briefly during the off-season in Atlanta.
“He’s the best D end in the league,” Durant said. “He’s playing well, and we talked about that all off-season in Atlanta, about how he was going to explode this year. He’s a good guy and a good player, but I’m a tough one to get to.”
Durant is looking forward to making some plays with his legs, which is what Miller will allow him to do more than Marshall and Berry did.
“That’s part of the plan also,” Durant said. “I’m a guy with some mobility, so let’s not waste it.”
Miller expects his pivot to be more relaxed on Sunday. “He’s going to play loose and free and with great confidence.”
As for the Swaggerville moniker that has taken the league by storm, Durant is not a fan.
“Of course I don’t agree, but who am I?” Durant said. “They’re caught up in whatever it is they want to be caught up in, and let them have fun with it.
“If it’s anything like the past, we’ll have a lot of fun and we’ll be the ones with the swag.”
Riders defensive back Lance Frazier had nothing but praise for Swaggerville and the Bombers as a whole.
“You’re kind of envious of a team like that because they’re playing at such a high level, and their attitude is tremendous right now,” Frazier said. “Hopefully we can get some of that ourselves and some of that hard edge and that confidence that they have. Hopefully we can put together a good game.”