Esks capture honours

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

Dario Romero has been playing like an all-star all season.

Yet it wasn't until yesterday that the Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman earned props throughout the league.

Romero was named the CFL's defensive player of the week while running back AJ Harris earned offensive honours.

"Romero has had an outstanding year," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "He's done everything we've asked him to do, plus that. He's been great on the field, he's been great in the locker room and comes as advertised."

Romero, 30, had three tackles and a pair of sacks in the Eskimos 27-10 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Thursday.

The native of Spokane, Wash., signed with the Eskimos as a free agent after spending the last two seasons in Montreal.

He began his career with the Eskimos in 2001 before going on to play with the Miami Dolphins of the NFL for four seasons.

Harris, 24, ran for 189-yards on 21 carries with a 39-yard touchdown. He also caught four passes for 40 yards.

"He's been getting better and running the ball with a little more confidence," Maciocia said. "When he's at his best he's running really hard and that's what he did last week. And there's no reason why he can't do that week in and week out. He's a big kid that can run with speed and with power.

"We're glad that he's getting better. We need someone like him to be able to do the things that he's doing for us to be successful."

Harris's ability to gain big yards on the ground can also be credited to the offensive line who did a good job creating lanes against the Roughriders.

"All of them were outstanding," Maciocia said. "You need to appreciate everything they've done. You have a tendency to believe that if Ricky Ray is making all the throws and the receivers are making all the catches we're going to win.

"But they have to give him the time up front to be able to make the plays. Opening up holes for our running backs is huge and if we can run the ball, that's going to make us so much better."


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