With the preseason behind us, the CFL began their regular season last Thursday with a game between Toronto and Winnipeg. With the Argos’ Steve Slaton on the injured list until next week, we had to wait until Saturday to see Jock Sanders, Robert Sands and Pat White in action.
Montreal Alouettes 8 – Calgary Stampeders 29
The Stamps defense dominated this affair as both teams broke in new starting quarterbacks. Former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith from Ohio State had the tough task of replacing CFL legend Anthony Cavillo at QB for the Als. He struggled with his accuracy for much of the game, leading to seven punt return opportunities for Jock Sanders. A few others were called back due to penalties.
A free-agent acquisition from Saskatchewan, Sanders is one of the best kick returners in the league. He averaged 11.3 yards in punt returns, with a long of 24 and had one kick return for 13. On offense, he serves as a backup running back and had 2 carries for 3 yards in the win.
Edmonton Eskimos 27 – B.C. Lions 20
Pat White and Robert Sands played in their first regular season CFL games with the Eskimos, lining up on special teams in kick coverage. White also backed up starting quarterback Mike Reilly. White ended the game with 3 carries for 5 yards. Following the preseason, the Eskimos placed Sands on their practice squad, but he made the game day roster for Week 1. Sands had 2 tackles on special teams. Selvish Capers is on the Eskimos injured list.