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SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

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General Manager: Brendan Taman (2nd Season)

Head Coach: Greg Marshall (1st season)

Offensive Coordinator: Doug Berry | Defensive Coordinator: Richie Hall

2010 Statistics | 2011 Schedule | Team Page



LAST YEAR: 10-8 - 2ND IN WEST DIVISION - LOST TO MONTREAL IN GREY CUP

Saskatchewan entered 2010 looking to get the sour taste of their mouths from their 2009 Grey Cup defeat. And after a 10-8 regular season record and playoff wins over the Lions and Stampeders, they had a chance to do just that. But the Alouettes proved to be too much for the Riders in the Grey Cup once again, and Saskatchewan had to settle for bridesmaid status for the second straight year. And although there was no last-play penalty heartbreaker like in ’09, the loss was likely still as hard to stomach for fans of the team.

KEY ADDITIONS

Tristan Jackson, KR: Jackson is coming off an injury-shortened 2010 season, but if healthy, he could prove to be a boon to the Riders return game. The 25-year-old was second in the league in both punt return and kickoff return yards in 2009, and was the Eskimos outstanding rookie and special teams player nominee in 2008.


Alex Gauthier/George Hudson, OL: The Riders bolstered their offensive line with the signing of two veterans from the Tiger-Cats in Alex Gauthier and George Hudson. Both non-imports have experience starting and Gauthier, a left tackle, comes with the added bonus of being a possible ratio buster at a traditionally import position.


Other Notable Acquisitions: Graeme Bell, FB; John Eubanks, DB; Chris Leak, QB; Dario Romero, DT

KEY DEPARTURES

Andy Fantuz, SB: The Riders lost a key member of their receiving corps when Fantuz signed with the Chicago Bears of the NFL. A fan favourite and non-import, Fantuz helped Saskatchewan to their past three Grey Cup appearances, and was named Most Outstanding Canadian for their 2007 win. The 27-year-old led the league with 1,380 receiving yards last season.

Ken Miller, HC: Miller stepped aside as head coach following the 2010 season to focus more on his duties as vice-president of football operations in Saskatchewan. While still with the team, the coach that led the Riders to the past two Grey Cups will no longer be patrolling the sidelines on game day.


Other Notable Departures: Omarr Morgan, CB; Jeremy O'Day, C

THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN

Chris Shultz's Team Overview: I can't think of anyone that deserves to be a head coach more than new Roughriders coach Greg Marshall. I think Marshall's greatest asset will be that he knows the value of praise and the effect of criticism. As a former player, and a good one at that, he will know instinctively how to motivate and challenge. More...


Matt Dunigan's Quarterback Analysis: Darian Durant has been brilliant the last two seasons as the Roughriders starting QB. He has been to the dance both seasons since taking the reigns of the Rider Nation offense. "Doubles" is a winner in spite of the disappointing finishes the last two seasons and all who know his heart and abilities believe he will be back to the dance many more times. More...

Duane Forde's Canadian Content: Entering his seventeenth CFL season, offensive lineman Gene Makowsky is still one of the best in the business. With Andy Fantuz joining the NFL’s Chicago Bears and Rob Bagg likely out for the season, receiver Chris Getzlaf will be expected to take on an even bigger role in the “Canadian Air Force”. More...


DRAFT OVERVIEW

The Roughriders traded out of the first round, picking up an extra second-rounder in the process. Saskatchewan used their first pick to take Western Ontario defensive back Craig Butler 12th overall, but their most intriguing pick was Queen's offensive lineman Matt O'Donnell at 15. O'Donnell, a 6'10 giant, was excused from Riders rookie camp because he had a workout with the NBA's Boston Celtics. He has yet to sign a contract and his status remains undetermined.

Draft Results

Round (Overall) Player Position School
2 (12) Craig Butler Defensive Back Western Ontario
2 (15) Matt O'Donnell Offensive Lineman Queen's
4 (27) Alexander Krausnick-Groh Offensive Lineman Calgary
4 (30) Christopher Milo Kicker Laval
6 (40) Kyle Exume Running Back Bishop's

2010 Team Statistics

Offence PTS TDS YDS/GM PASS/GM RUSH/GM
Total 497 52 399 314 107
Rank 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th

Defence PTS/GM TDS YDS/GM PASS/GM RUSH/GM
Total 27 43 383 262 137
Rank 7th 4th 6th 3rd 8th



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