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CFLMost Valuable Players in CFL: Week 5

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 | 10:33 AM

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Argonauts rookie kicker Swayze Waters, right, has 17 points in two games since replacing injured incumbent Noel Prefontaine. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press) Argonauts rookie kicker Swayze Waters, right, has 17 points in two games since replacing injured incumbent Noel Prefontaine. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

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Much to the dismay of podcast partner Carlan Gay, 3rd And Long co-host Andy McNamara picked Swayze Waters of the Toronto Argonauts as the CFL's most valuable player in Week 5.

MAC'S MAIN MAN 

Much to the dismay of my broadcast partner, the player having the greatest impact on his team in Week 5 was Swayze Waters of the Toronto Argonauts. That's right, I have selected a kicker. Often considered a joke in the football world, kickers rarely get the respect they deserve yet are first to be blamed if a pressure-filled attempt is missed.
 
Enter Swayze Waters.

No, he is not a smooth jazz musician, but rather a kicker acquired in a panic when Noel Prefontaine went down with a career-threatening hip injury. Hailing from Jackson, Miss., Waters seemingly came out of nowhere and, outside of a brief look from the Edmonton Eskimos, had flown under the radar of everyone around the CFL.
 
Well, after catapulting the Argonauts to a 23-20 victory over the Alouettes in Montreal, Waters certainly is turning heads in this, his first CFL season. How does connecting on three of four field goals, including two from 50 and 54 yards, sound?
 
Earlier this season, Toronto faithful held its collective breath when an attempt at the uprights was made. But with Waters contributing 11 total points in this latest win and popping an average of nearly 45 yards per punt overall, the Argos can scratch kicking off of their list of concerns.
 
Teammate Chad Owens and Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris will surely receive lots of love for their respective standout performances this past weekend. However, let's give proper respect to the steady foot of Swayze Waters that led Toronto to another "W" and a share of first place in the East Division.
 
Remember CFL fans, kickers are people too.

-- Andy McNamara

CARLAN'S DARLING

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats boasted over the off-season about having an explosive offence and, a few weeks into the season, no one is doubting them. The Tiger-Cats have proven to be as dangerous as advertised, coming back from an 18-point defecit on Saturday night seemingly at will.
 
While starting quarterback Henry Burris will get much of the credit -- and he is well deserving of such praise -- I believe Hamilton has found a certified star in Chris Williams.
 
Williams is a flat-out superstar. And I'll also venture to say he is the most dangerous weapon in the CFL.
 
Whether it be the kicking game or on offence, one always has to keep tabs on where No. 80 is on the field.
 
Williams was shut down in the kicking game by Saskatchewan -- a first this season. But he showed his versatility by turning in a tremendous performance at receiver, grabbing nine balls for 101 yards and a touchdown.
 
Williams' speed and quickness was a problem for the Roughriders secondary as he remained an open target for Burris, who, happily, called his number in clutch situations.
 
Williams has already won over hearts in Steeltown. But if he continues to excel at this rate, you'll likely see No. 80 jerseys worn by fans in opposing stadiums.

-- Carlan Gay

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