Armstead first Bomber honoured

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

Yup, he really is special.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick returner Jason Armstead was named the CFL's special teams player of the week yesterday -- the first time the club has had a special teams player earn that honour.

Armstead returned four punts for 150 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown return, and two kick returns for 41 yards during Winnipeg's 30-23 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos last Friday.

"When a guy gets recognized like Jason did -- he obviously had a nice football game -- but it's well-reflected on the guys around him," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "Certainly, Jason can't block the 12 guys who are trying to tackle him. He can make a couple miss and that's usually the role of the returner. Then, he has to count on the other 11 guys to do their job.

"On that big return he had, there were certainly some outstanding blocks on that return, as well as on others. When you total up everything he accomplished on the weekend, I think he is very deserving of this award."

Armstead was aided by a blood-curdling block that linebacker Kelly Malveaux threw on an Edmonton defender on that trip to the TD.

Armstead, who was signed as a free agent in August, is now in the top-10 in combined yardage in the CFL this season (ninth). Armstead, who started the season with Montreal, has moved into third place in punt returns with 48 runbacks for 539 yards (11.2-yard average) and fifth on kickoffs with 27 returns for 602 yards (21.5-yard average).

Meanwhile, Winnipeg cornerback Stanford Samuels was the runner-up to B.C. defensive end Cameron Wake in the top defensive player category. Wake recorded nine defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks to Samuels' 10 defensive tackles, which included at least four devastating blows. Samuels also had a special teams tackle.

The other top players were: Montreal running back Avon Cobourne (offensive) and Saskatchewan receiver Rob Bagg (Canadian).


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