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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012 | 11:02 AM

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats defender Jamall Johnson, right, seems poised to become one of the more feared linebacker in the CFL. (Geoff Robins/Canadian Press) Hamilton Tiger-Cats defender Jamall Johnson, right, seems poised to become one of the more feared linebacker in the CFL. (Geoff Robins/Canadian Press)

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Andy McNamara usually refuses to pick a player who is involved in a losing effort. However, Jamall Johnson's performance in Hamilton's 31-29 heart-stopping defeat to Montreal changed his mind.
MAC'S MAIN MAN

The easy pick for MVP this week would be the Canadian man beast known as Jon Cornish. I mean, 159 rushing yards in Calgary's win over the free falling Saskatchewan Roughriders is nothing to sneeze at.

Don't worry Mr. Cornish you will have your day as "Mac's Main Man," but I wanted to dig a bit deeper to find someone who doesn't usually grab the top headlines.

I usually refuse to choose a player who is involved in a losing effort. However, Jamall Johnson's performance in Hamilton's 31-29 heart-stopping defeat to Montreal changed my mind.

This eight-year veteran linebacker was absolutely everywhere last Thursday, registering 10 tackles and smashing through the Alouettes' offensive line to record a sack on Anthony Calvillo. It put Johnson as the only defender last week to record double digits in the tackle department (granted we go to press with the Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts in Monday night match-up still to come).

In Johnson's fourth campaign with Hamilton, the import from Los Angeles seems poised to become one of the more feared CFL linebacker's as he was back in 2009 and 2010 when he totaled over 100 tackles in both those seasons.

-- Andy McNamara

CARLAN'S DARLING

The Montreal Alouettes have had to take the field during their last two games without premiere receiver Jamel Richardson. However, they haven't missed a beat in large part to their underappreciated receiver SJ Green.

Even with the opposing defences's spotlight clearly on stopping No. 19, quarterback Anthony Cavillo has repeatedly thrown in Green's direction, reminding the rest of the league what he's capable of.

Green has picked up the slack over the last two Alouette victories, accumulating a combined 20 catches for 304 yards and two touchdowns in his teammate Optimus Prime's absence.

In last Thursday night's game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Green was matched up with one of the league's worst defences, and proved once again he could very well be a go-to guy on any CFL team. His late game catch (or none catch as the ball did hit the ground) led to a successful field goal attempt by Sean Whyte.

It was then that the Ticats decided to pay special attention to him for the rest of the game, which opened the field up for others to do damage during the game-winning drive which led to Whyte's walk off kick.

Green also became part of history as the touchdown pass he caught was Cavillo's 436th, moving the future Hall of Famer past Warren Moon into second place all-time in pro football history. Brett Favre sits atop the list with 508 touchdown tosses.

The Als are now rocking a three-game winning streak heading into their big Labour Day weekend tilt with the defending Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions, who are unbeaten in their last four games.

If Green can continue to give the Als the type of performance he has given them in his last two outings, Montreal may be able to send a message that they are still a dangerous football team and could be featured in the big game this November.

--Carlan Gay

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