Mike Benevides says he’s running out of superlatives regarding Andrew Harris, but it was what the B.C. Lions coach said to his standout tailback after a potentially crushing play that meant more when it counted in the team’s last game.
A 75-yard touchdown run by Harris against the Calgary Stampeders had just been wiped out by a borderline holding penalty on Friday when Benevides made a point of making eye contact.
“I just made sure and said, ‘Don’t worry, let’s go,’” Benevides said.
“The team responded. What we saw there was growth.”
Harris had 86 yards of rushing wiped out by penalties Friday, but the Lions still responded for a 25-24 win.
The 143 yards from scrimmage that stood for Harris earned him his third top Canadian of the week award in six weeks, announced by the CFL Tuesday. “I’m running out of stuff to say about him,” Benevides said.
Equally stunning was the rapid recovery of cornerback Dante Marsh, who showed no ill effects of the hamstring pull he suffered Monday that prompted him to exit practice early.
“It was precautionary,” Marsh said. “If you pull a hamstring, you just don’t know; it could be a month.”
However, Marsh and rookie Ronnie Yell were at their customary corner spots Tuesday.
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