Rookie tears into Lions QBs

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

Gavin Walls must have put a smile on Bomber all-time sack leader Tyrone Jones' face yesterday.

Winnipeg's rookie defensive end recorded four quarterback sacks against the B.C. Lions yesterday -- one short of the single-game CFL record and one-half short of the Blue Bomber record held by Jones who was watching the game.

"It's all new, just like when I got those (two) touchdowns (against Ottawa)," said Walls, who has never had four sacks in a game before. "I just put the Man Upstairs first and try to play my hardest every down. Good things happen when you play hard and prepare yourself.

FLYING AROUND

"We did our homework and felt we could get some pressure, and it happened. We got to moving around and flying around and made some things happen."

The four sacks during Winnipeg's 44-23 victory give Walls a total of 11 on the season which should put him at or near the top of the CFL standings. Yet, he has no bonuses in his contract for hauling down opposing passers.

"I wish I did," he said. "You know, I'm doing it all for free this year and that's fine with me, as long as I can do something to help the team my first year, that's fine. I don't care about that other stuff."

But even Tom Canada, Winnipeg's nominee for top rookie last season, was impressed with the newcomer.

"We had a little bit of freedom this week and we knew we could beat those guys with our pass rush," Canada said. "And Gavin had a friggin' awesome game. He was in the right spots at all the right times and had some awesome moves. It was awesome to be part of that today.

"He's got great moves and great sense of what's going on in the field. And he picked them up today. I think he moved up to the top (of the CFL) today and that's awesome. I wish him the best."

That best could become capturing the most outstanding rookie nominee ballot, at least for the West.

"I don't buy into all that at all," Walls said. "I'll take it if I get it. Now, I just keep playing and keep trying to get a W. It feels good when you get wins. I don't care about all those awards because I want to go to the playoffs. But if the award presents itself, then fine. Other than that, I'm just trying to get another W next week."

Meanwhile, Canada is anxious to exact revenge on B.C. OL Sherko Haji-Rasouli when the two teams meet again in B.C. in two weeks.

"I think he was frustrated and after the play -- he blindsided me and that's not acceptable," said Canada, who had to be restrained from retaliating. "That's not acceptable and he will pay. He will pay for it in B.C."


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