Als Deslauriers, Carrier honoured for effort against Lions
Published Tuesday, August 27, 2013 4:50PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:08PM EDT
MONTREAL - The Alouettes' come-from-behind 39-38 win over the Lions last Thursday did not go unnoticed by CFL brass, as both Eric Deslauriers and Tyron Carrier have been honoured for their efforts. .
Receiver Eric Deslauriers earned Canadian Player of the Week honours for his career-best 101 yards receiving, which came on four catches, most notably the 57-yard bomb from Tanner Marsh that set up the game-ending winning field goal by Sean Whyte.
Deslauriers, who was born 32 years ago in Gatineau on a day when much of the planet was glued to their TV screens for the royal wedding of Charles and Diana, had a ton of praise for rookie quarterback Tanner Marsh when interviewed for the team’s website at Monday’s practice.
“I was very impressed. We watch the game from two or three different angles and we see if his receivers are open or if he’s forced to run,” said Deslauriers, who had some experience as a quarterback, having played the position at Champlain College in Sherbrooke.
The 6’4”, 206 lb (1.93 m 93 kg) Deslauriers earned a full football scholarship at Eastern Michigan University where he set a record with 13 TD catches in 2004 before setting other career school records that still stand.
After graduation, he tried out with the Pittsburgh Steelers and then signed a four year deal with Montreal.
Deslauriers is trying hard to stay humble but he expects to get some passes in the Alouettes’ next game Tuesday in Toronto against the Argonauts.
“I’ll probably touch the ball probably just because the Jamel Richardsons are down. I’ll be a little more involved. I can’t promise that I’ll catch 10 catches per game but I’ll have the chance to catch the ball a bit more,” he told an interviewer from the Alouettes’ website.
Meanwhile Tyron Carrier, who took over returning duties after Noel Devine suffered fumble and injury issues, was named CFL Special Teams Player of the Week thanks to his 274 yards returning against the Lions, which included a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Carrier told the team website after the game that he made some adjustments after reading the Lions’ kick coverage crew.
“They had one guy free every time, slipping through there, so I decided to take a different angle and that set him up to get blocked and I just took off."
Carrier said that he played the game with an intense desire to win last week.
“I didn’t want to leave anything out there on the field, that was my biggest goal, to be put my offence in the best situation to score.”