In weather more suited for a guy named Noah trotting animals two by two, Brett Maher showed off why he might just be the top punter in Canada.
It was in a losing cause for Maher and his Ottawa Redblacks this week, but Maher showed off a booming leg in the midst of lightning, thunder, rain and heavy winds last Friday in Winnipeg.
The CFL delayed the start of the Ottawa-Winnipeg contest by a half hour as severe thunderstorm warnings were called for most of southern Manitoba that night. When play finally kicked off, the Redblacks floundered on offence, behind former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley, and gave Maher, Ottawa’s kickoff specialist, placekicker and punter, plenty of work.
That cloudy contest leads our weekly round-up of Huskers in the CFL:
Winnipeg 29, Ottawa 9
Maher was called in to punt a season-high 11 times and amassed 587 yards on those boots, which works out to 53.4 yards per kick in winds that gusted up to 69 km/h (42 mp/h) on the night. Temperatures dipped to 7 C (44 F) and the city collected more than 25 mm of rain over the course of the night.
Maher, who went 0-for-1 on field-goal attempts Friday, now sits second in the CFL in punting average at 47.7 per kick, just a fraction behind the league leader, B.C.’s Ty Long.
Former Husker Jonathan Rose chipped in two tackles for Ottawa.
Winnipeg’s hogs, with former Husker Jermarcus Hardrick starting at right tackle, loved the slop and helped the Blue Bombers rush for 192 yards on 25 carries, a 7.7-yard average. The O-line also surrendered just one sack as the Bombers won for the seventh time in eight games.
Calgary 15, Saskatchewan 9
Former Husker Ciante Evans had three tackles, bringing his season total to 38 in 13 games, as Calgary continued to be the hottest team in the league with a win over the Roughriders.
Signed to Saskatchewan’s practice roster on Sept. 11, former Husker Mohammed Seisay was released from the squad on Tuesday, the team confirmed. He did not dress for a game during his time with the team. … Shortly after announcing transactions that included Seisay’s release, the Roughriders announced they’d signed former first-round NFL pick Trent Richardson on Tuesday. There had been reports earlier in the year the team was prepared to sign the former No. 3 pick, but Richardson reportedly backed off any potential deal unhappy with the proposed terms. … The Blue Bombers announced last week they signed former St. Louis Ram Chris Givens.
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