Alexis Serna, CFL special teams player of the week.
Didn't see that one coming, did you?
Winnipeg's rookie kicker out of Oregon State claimed those honours yesterday after booting four field goals and several big punts in last Saturday's 44-30 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Serna's 51-yard field goal on Saturday was Winnipeg's longest in more than four years, but his 43-yarder into the breeze might have been the most impressive. He also had a 76-yard punt and a 53-yarder that pinned the Tiger-Cats deep in their own zone.
Bomber head coach Doug Berry, who has gotten in Serna's face on the sidelines more than a few times this season, gave credit yesterday where credit was due.
"He's deserving," Berry said. "A 51-yard field goal, 43 into the wind, a couple of others, great punting ... he had an outstanding week."
Serna, who replaced the released Troy Westwood, made his first seven field goal tries of the season but proceeded to miss 10 of his next 19. He then made six straight before whiffing on six of his next seven.
He has now made 11 of his last 12 going into the post-season.
"I just know that he's capable," Berry said. "I've seen it in so many games. Fortunately we're seeing it in the last month or so. Hopefully he can just carry it for another game or two or three.
"... I always feel confident that he's going to get the job done."