Roughriders quarterback Durant wins CFL weekly offensive player award
TORONTO - Darian Durant's big opening-week performance against Hamilton has earned the Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback CFL offensive player of the week honours.
Durant completed 25 of 34 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns in Saskatchewan's season-opening 43-16 win over the Tiger-Cats on Friday. He added 33 rushing yards on five carries.
Durant is looking to come back from a down year for both himself and his team. Durant threw for 3,653 yards last season, easily his lowest total since he became the Riders' full-time starter in 2009. Meanwhile, the Riders finished last in the league at 5-13 after appearing in back-to-back Grey Cup finals.
In other awards, Edmonton linebacker J.C Sherritt won the defensive weekly award for his role in the Eskimos' 19-15 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday. Sherritt led all defensive players for both teams with 11 tackles and a forced fumble.
Teammate Grant Shaw won the special teams award, as the Eskimos kicker was a perfect four-for-four on field goal attempts and also added an extra point against Toronto.
The top Canadian was Calgary running back Jon Cornish, a key contributor in the Stampeders' 38-10 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday. Cornish rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, and added three receptions for 28 yards.