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  • Adarius Bowman 6 catches 112 yds 1 td in CFL opener...

    Suprised an NFL team didnt take a chance on him...his stock dropped because of a poor 40 time and off the field problems but the NFL has its share of thugs



    Roughriders win season opener against Eskimos 34-13
    Darrell Davis, Leader-Post
    Published: Saturday, June 28, 2008
    REGINA -- That should turn a few pages.

    On a team looking for new beginnings with a first-time head coach and a recycled quarterback, much-heralded rookie Adarius Bowman caught the game-clinching touchdown pass in the Saskatchewan Roughriders' 34-13 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday.

    "I'm loving this -- we're in it together and this is the first of many,'' Bowman said after the reigning Grey Cup champions opened their CFL regular season before a sold-out crowd of 28,800 at Taylor Field.




    Marcus Crandell, who is aiming to revitalize his 10-year CFL career as Saskatchewan's starting quarterback, threw a sideline bomb to Bowman for a 73-yard major that put the Roughriders ahead 27-13 midway through the fourth quarter. Bowman had to grab the pass at his knees before outrunning Edmonton's defenders down the left sideline.

    "It looked bad, but it was perfect,'' said Bowman, who was the game's leading receiver with six catches for 112 yards. "(Edmonton's) safety was coming at my head, so he would have snapped it off if that pass was high, if I had to reach up to get it. Marcus put it in a perfect spot.''

    Bowman was touted as an NFL prospect last year at Oklahoma State before being charged with marijuana possession. So he joined the Roughriders, who are also trying to turn the page on last year's championship. That's the message being trumpeted by head coach Ken Miller.

    "We can't look back; it's a new chapter,'' said Riders cornerback James Johnson, who intercepted two passes. "It doesn't matter. New season. New story.

    "It's always important to win, period. And because it's our coach's first game as a head coach, we want to win for him. He's a great coach. A very nice guy who you like to play for. He doesn't have to say much but you know what's in his heart.''

    Miller got a water-cooler shower to celebrate his first victory as a professional head coach since replacing Kent Austin, who departed in the offseason. Miller is one of four first-time head coaches in the CFL - along with Montreal's Marc Trestman, Calgary's John Hufnagel and Toronto's Rich Stubler - all of whom won their debuts this weekend.

    "I've hugged (the Riders players) and tomorrow I might hug them again,'' said Miller, whose team plays again Friday in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions. "There are a lot of guys who came over to say congratulations. And I thanked everyone. I would like to point out that our assistant coaches were sensational. It's a tremendous organization to work with and I'm so happy to have a leader like (general manager) Eric Tillman.

    "This one will be with me for a long time . . . hopefully.''

    Riders tailback Wes Cates completed the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run. He also ran 10 yards for a third-quarter major. Saskatchewan's first touchdown came in the opening quarter on a 33-yard pass from Crandell to D.J. Flick. Crandell completed 19 of 29 passes for 278 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns. For the Roughriders, Luca Congi had four converts and one field goal. Saskatchewan's other points came from a safety touch and a punt single.

    Although quarterback Ricky Ray completed 25 of 37 passes for 249 yards with one interception, Edmonton did not score a touchdown. The Roughriders used myriad defensive formations to confuse the Eskimos' offence, sometimes even deploying a two-man pass rush while dropping its defensive tackles into the flats. It was Saskatchewan's fourth straight regular-season victory over the Eskimos, who are trying to end a streak that has kept them out of the playoffs for the past two years.

    "I haven't seen (a two-man rush before),'' said Ray. "They just played good, solid defence and made it tough on us all night.''

    Edmonton's Noel Prefontaine kicked four field goals and a single.

  • #2
    lolololololol

    poor guy lol
    my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
    <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
    <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
    <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
    Originally posted by Hermstheman83
    What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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    • #3
      Meh, can't fault the league for passing on him. He only has one person to blame: himself.

      But a year in the CFL to prove himself as a pro could help him change that.
      Pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence.

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      • #4
        Dude will tear it up in the NFL if he gets his life right.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hwoarang View Post
          Dude will tear it up in the NFL if he gets his life right.
          How exactly would he tear the league up? With his below average hands/speed?

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          • #6
            I'm happy to see he is doing something with his life, and at least making plays in the CFL...It's only his fault he's not in the NFL so if he wants to do it then he has to take the hard route, but he's still got a long way to go before teams in the NFL will want to bring him on, he will have to show he went through some serious growth and that he's not a low character guy.

            It's not surprising to see him putting up nice stats, he put up some of the best stats in the Big XII so I wouldn't doubt that he could do the same versus CFL players.





            Originally posted by Scott Wright
            I guarantee that if someone picks Cam Newton in the Top 5 they will regret it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MetSox17 View Post
              How exactly would he tear the league up? With his below average hands/speed?
              didn't they say the same thing about Colston? Bowman, if he shows the off the field change would be a welcome addition to any team. The Canadian Leagues may not lead to a long and prosporous career for him but he could easily be some teams #3 option.

              Owner of ScarDraft
              Atlanta Falcons and NFL Draft Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report

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              • #8
                No, the same things weren't said about Marques Colston.

                Colston ran in the early 4.5s at the Combine, Bowman around 4.75 both at the Combine and the pro day. Colston made scouts take notice at the Shrine Game, Bowman was having great difficulty just catching a ball through Senior Bowl week. Colston was badmouthed by his idiot coaches, Bowman's character concerns include a massive red flag re: marijuana (which led to being dismissed from North Carolina).
                Pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scar988 View Post
                  didn't they say the same thing about Colston? Bowman, if he shows the off the field change would be a welcome addition to any team. The Canadian Leagues may not lead to a long and prosporous career for him but he could easily be some teams #3 option.
                  stop bringing Colston to every discussion. It's stupid. Not every late-drafted WR is the next Colston or can be, just like not every late-drafted QB is the next Brady, or even Bulger. It just doesn't work that way.

                  The reason stories like Colston's are special is because they are the exception to the rule, so don't bring them in like they are in fact the rule.

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                  don't tell anyone, but Charlie Casserly is a dope fiend

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                  • #10
                    The very people who were his biggest supports are now his biggest critics. Funny stuff.

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                    • #11
                      I liked Bowman a lot, I think he has NFL potential still but the character and injury concerns obviously scared teams off. He is a big time talent who (in my opinion) could make an NFL roster if he stays healthy and out of trouble.

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                      • #12
                        At least he's still playing the game.

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                        • #13
                          saw the game live, it was awesome.

                          cfl version of beast mode.


                          RIP, Sean Taylor.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by critesy View Post
                            saw the game live, it was awesome.

                            cfl version of beast mode.
                            Some of these late round projects are better off playing in places like this rather than being bounced on and off of practice squads for years.

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                            • #15
                              112 yards pftt....the field is like 300 yards long. Ha! I honestly could care less about Bowman or his CFL statistics.
                              Last edited by M.O.T.H.; 06-29-2008, 07:34 PM.

                              Thanks BoneKrusher^

                              http://youtube.com/watch?v=6_j52DziMy4 (the man)
                              http://youtube.com/watch?v=2g6S3Anto7c
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