Monday 5 November 2012

Burris Wins POTW Award

The week of hollow victories continues. First, it was the Ti-Cats claiming the first pick in the 2013 CFL Draft and now it is Henry Burris being named the offensive player of the week for Week 19.

This is the fourth time that Burris won the award in 2012. He was named player of the week following a 360-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Montreal Alouettes in July, a 356-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Saskatchewan Roughriders a week later and a 326-yard, five-touchdown performance against the Alouettes in September.

Burris had a marvellous first season with the Ti-Cats, and finished the season leading the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns, quarterback rating, attempts and completions. He broke the team record for passing yards, set by Danny McManus in 1999, and touchdowns, set by Kevin Glenn in 2010. But he also led all quarterbacks in interceptions and fumbles. So it wasn't all good for Burris this season.

But all of Burris' gaudy stats mean little in the wake of a 6-12 season that has the Tiger-Cats not playing in the postseason for the first time since 2008. And that lack of postseason action is what makes it tough to celebrate what Burris did, both this week and during the season. It is almost unfathomable to think that Burris could have the season he had and the team could win just six games. But that's life sometimes and the Ti-Cats will have the next seven months to regroup and figure out how to make the best of what will be an odd, and probably tough, 2013 season.

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