Stamps notes: Accolades continue for outstanding Calgary defensive end Charleston Hughes
Newly-crowned CFL defensive player of the week sacked Edmonton QB Mike Reilly three times on Monday
On Sunday, Charleston Hughes heaped praise on Mike Reilly by naming him the toughest quarterback in the league.
On Monday, Hughes tested that theory by sacking the Edmonton pivot three times (and spreading the love around with four defensive tackles) in a 37-34 Calgary Stampeders victory at McMahon Stadium.
On Wednesday, the Canadian Football League honoured the Stamps defensive end by naming him the defensive player of the week.
Still, Hughes sees room for improvement.
“There’s an average about 50 plays — 50 defensive snaps in a game,” he said. “If I hit a quarterback 50 times, I don’t know, that’s a pretty awesome game for me even if I don’t get a sack.
“You never know. It’s possible, I guess.”
After watching the game film, Hughes gives himself a passing grade for his performance.
“It was one of my better games,” he said. “But I wouldn’t say it was my best game overall. I think I can do a lot better.
“There was still potential to make more plays than what I had. There were probably three sacks that I left out there. That would have given me six in one game.”
Hughes is second in the CFL, behind only Winnipeg’s Alex Hall, with eight sacks on the season. He has also collected 22 tackles, two fumbles and one interception.
In the “no surprise” department, Maurice Price picked up offensive player-of-the-week honours. The Calgary wideout caught five passes for a career-high 165 yards and career-high three touchdowns.
His touchdown celebration, by the way, is called the Choppa City Juke — an ode to his hometown of Orlando, Florida.
HARRISON SET TO RETURN
Judging by practice Wednesday, Edwin Harrison is set to make his first start of the season at right guard.
Harrison is expected to fill in for the injured Dimitri Tsoumpas, who battling back from a concussion.
“Hey, at my age, you keep getting older, and you’re just grateful for however many snaps you can get out on the football field,” said Harrison, 28. “So I’m just really excited. I’m happy to be back out there with my guys.
“It’s been a very trying season to say the least, but I am grateful to be back out there.”
Harrison suffered a calf injury during training camp and landed on the nine-game injury list.
As an import, he fell victim to a change in the ratio with Canadian Dan Federkeil taking over as the starting right tackle.
The Stamps offensive line struggled at times Monday against Edmonton’s ferocious front four.
Harrison can’t wait for the opportunity that awaits.
“I would be lying if I said it wasn’t rough this season, if I said it wasn’t very disheartening at times,” Harrison said. “But that’s life. You can only really play the cards that you’re dealt.
“It is what it is, so I’m making the most of it.”
The Stamps are expected to announce Thursday the release of safety Demetrice Morley and quarterback Ryan Perriloux.
Morley, 26, has sat out the last three games as a healthy scratch. In six games this season, he registered 13 defensive tackles, an interception, a knock-down and one special-teams tackle.
The Tennessee product could resurface in Toronto under former Stamps defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones.
Perriloux, 26, spent the first half of the season as a developmental quarterback on the nine-game injury list.
Receiver Brad Sinopoli, a transplanted quarterback, took snaps at practice Wednesday and could possibly line up under centre Friday in the event the Stampeders run into injury trouble.
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