Khalil Carter yesterday was named CFL defensive player of the week, the result of his touchdown off an interception and seven defensive tackles in Toronto's 35-22 victory over the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Saturday.
Not bad for a guy who has been used mostly as a backup this season.
Starting in place of the injured cornerback Jordan Younger, Carter had a huge game against Hamilton, including an 82-yard touchdown romp after intercepting a Timmy Chang pass.
It was Carter's second longest interception return of his CFL career and the second TD by interception, increasing his career interception yards total to 266.
Carter, however, will likely be put back on special teams this Saturday against the B.C. Lions if Younger returns from a lower body injury, and that has "the people's champ," as Carter likes to be known, less than thrilled. Obviously, the third-year Argo, who started in both wins over Hamilton the past two weeks, believes that he should start again, and not play only on special teams.
"It's a recipe for success," he said. "But I'm not a coach, I'm just a player, so I'll make the best of my opportunity."
Carter has never had it easy in his football career. A walk-on at the University of Arkansas, after playing only one year of high school ball at fabled Little Rock Central High, Carter has found a home in Toronto after stops in the NFL (a brief stay with Buffalo), the Arena Football League, NFL Europe, and the Arena 2 League.
"I still have to fight through adversity in order to get my goals accomplished, but I'm still living my dream," he said.
Argos linebacker Michael Fletcher was named runner-up defensive player of the week and linebacker Kevin Eiben was selected runner-up Canadian player.