QB Drew Tate — A year after being pulled at halftime in his first playoff start, Tate will be looking for some redemption against the Riders. It’s expected Saskatchewan’s defensive focus will be on stopping Jon Cornish, so Tate should have some opportunities downfield. 2012 stats: 4 GP, 46-for-73, 570 yards, 4 TDs, 3 int.
DE Charleston Hughes — Coming off the finest regular-season performance of his career, Hughes looks to carry that momentum into the post-season. He leads a defensive line that had 17 sacks in the past four games, all wins. Generally saves his best performances for the Riders. 2012 stats: 18 GP, 53 tackles, 11 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, 5 forced fumbles, 3 knockdowns.
SB Weston Dressler — The pint-sized North Dakotan is the Riders’ primary offensive threat; everybody knows that. But somehow, some way, he always finds open space on the field. Had the best statistical year of his career, and he always seems to produce against the Stamps. 2012 stats: 17 GP, 94 catches, 1,206 yards receiving, 13 TDs.
LB Tyron Brackenridge — Riders’ defensive player of the year has handled the difficult SAM-linebacker position (essentially, a sixth defensive back but with responsibilities on the run game as well) wonderfully in his second year. A dandy blend of size and speed. 2012 stats: 18 GP, 77 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 4 knockdowns, 2 interceptions.
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