McGrath still smarting

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Joe McGrath would trade his Eskimo outstanding offensive lineman honour for a few more wins.

Receiving the title for the first time in his career yesterday, the left tackle is still smarting from failing to extend the playoff streak.

In fact, he still hasn't put behind him the play in Toronto on Thanksgiving Day when Riall Johnson beat him and knocked the ball out of Ricky Ray's throwing hand.

The fumble sealed Toronto's win and really hurt Edmonton's playoff hopes.

"That has been in my head the last couple of games and I've been pissed off at the world that I lost the game for us," he said.

"It makes me want to punch a wall."

Even with Edmonton missing the playoffs, he could still earn a trip to the Grey Cup if he becomes the West Division's nominee for outstanding lineman.

Voted as Edmonton's nominee by the local chapter of the Football Reporters of Canada, McGrath will find out next week if he makes the next cut.

The same is true for the other Eskimo nominees:

Outstanding Player - Ray: Is bound to lose to Geroy Simon in the next voting round.

Canadian - Dan Comiskey: A split vote by the panel gave Comiskey the award.

Rookie - Adam Braidwood: In tough against Aaron Hunt.

Special Teams - Mike Maurer: Four tackles shy of eclipsing the franchise record held by Bruce Dickson (25).


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