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CFLMost Valuable Players in CFL: Week 4

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 | 11:38 AM

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Eskimos cornerback Joe Burnett (22) intercepts a pass of B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay (14) and returns it 106 yards for a touchdown in Week 4. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) Eskimos cornerback Joe Burnett (22) intercepts a pass of B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay (14) and returns it 106 yards for a touchdown in Week 4. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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It's rare that a cornerback dominates a CFL game, but Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Joe Burnett earned MVP honours for his two-interception game against the B.C. Lions.
Mac's Main Man

There are few occasions when a defensive player so thoroughly dominates a contest like we saw last Friday night in the CFL. It is even rarer that it comes from a cornerback who also produced solid numbers in the return game. If anyone other than the Edmonton Eskimos Joe Burnett crosses your mind then you did not watch enough Canadian football this weekend.

The rookie from Central Florida must have got a sneak peak at the B.C. playbook because it appeared like he was reading Lions QB Travis Lulay's mind all night. He smashed out three tackles, but more importantly, snatched a pair of interceptions, including a goal-line pick that he sprinted back 106 yards for a touchdown. That was the dagger Edmonton needed as B.C. never scored again, giving the Eskimos a 27-14 victory.

Burnett's versatility makes him even more valuable, and as a return man he collected over 100 total yards, which helped move Edmonton into a tie with Saskatchewan atop the West Division. This week's 'Mac's Main Man' has been putting up impressive stats during the young season, easily making him the most talented CFL first-year corner.

-- Andy McNamara

Carlan's Darling

When Drew Tate went down in Week 2 of the CFL season, questions of uncertainty arose surrounding the quarterback position in Calgary. The Stamps were beginning to usher in a new era under Tate after deciding to part ways with long-time franchise starter Henry Burris, who is now in Hamilton.

The untimely left shoulder injury to their budding young pivot may have put thoughts of hoisting the Grey Cup in Stampederville on pause. Luckily for Cowtown they don't have the same backup quarterback situation that Winnipeg has.

Stamps fans can lean confidently on Kevin Glenn, because he isn't your average backup quarterback. He showed just that in the most trilling game of Week 4. Glenn was 27-for-42, throwing for 385 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning strike to Nik Lewis in overtime.

Glenn showed poise in mounting the comeback; he showed toughness in peeling himself off the canvass after taking a hit that kept him out for three plays in the dying minutes of the game. Most importantly Glenn showed that he can still lead a team, and he did it against the league's hottest club, handing Saskatchewan their first loss of the year and earning him this week's Darling.

--Carlan Gay

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