TORONTO - “It’s nice,” Chad Owens said.
The Argonauts kick returner won the CFL’s special teams player of the week award Tuesday, but it’s difficult to blame him for thinking this is getting a little, well, old.
It is the fourth time this season that Owens, who is quickly making a reputation for himself as one of the league’s most exciting players, has won a player of the week award (three for special teams, one for offence).
“It’s nice but at the end of the day it comes down to winning or losing,” said Owens. And, Owens’ efforts haven’t always had happy endings. He romped for 300 total return yards on Saturday in the Argos’ 27-16 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The first-year Argonaut had 167 yards on six kickoffs and 133 yards on six punts.
“It’s not just me ... I got 11 dogs out there fightin’ with me ... that,” said Owens, “makes my job easier.
Owens averaged almost 20 yards per return, which is almost double the league average.
The Argos and Roughriders meet again Saturday in Regina. Toronto will need another big performance from Owens if they are to have a chance to become the first road team to win at Mosaic Stadium this season.