Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Surprise! Burris Named Player of the Week

It was never in doubt, but Henry Burris has officially been named the offensive player of the week for his great outing against the Montreal Alouettes last Friday.

Burris carved up the Montreal defense like it was a perfectly cooked Thanksgiving turkey. He was 28 for 32 for 326 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He was the best player on the field on Friday night and was a slam dunk for this award.

But this performance isn't a one-off either. Back in July, Burris went 27 for 30 for 360 yards and four touchdowns. He was named player of the week for that game as well.

So in two home games against the Als, Burris has gone 55 for 62 for 686 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. He has thrown two more touchdowns than he has incompletions in two games against the Als at Ivor Wynne. I can't recall a player having that stellar an outing twice in one season, let alone against the same team.

Burris is the league leader in passer rating at 108.1 and in touchdown passes with 32. Those 32 TD tosses leave him one shy of Kevin Glenn's team record set in 2010. He has just four games with less than two touchdown passes, so it is highly likely that Burris sets a new Tiger-Cat single-season record this Friday in Edmonton. He is also second in the league in passing yards with 3,846, trailing only Anthony Calvillo and his 3,908 yards.

This is the third time Burris has been named the league's offensive player of the week this season. He was also July's offensive player of the month.

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