Football: It's in the Bagg

It was a frantic weekend of CIS football action, but we shouldn't overlook a former star's performance just because it took place in a different league. Former Queen's wide receiver Rob Bagg was just about the only bright spot [Murray McCormick, The Vancouver Sun] for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in their 37-12 loss [game stats,] to the Montreal Alouettes Sunday. Bagg caught six passes for a game-high 146 receiving yards: no other player on either team was over 100 yards. 72 of those yards came on one impressive long pass that Bagg took down to the three-yard line, but the Alouettes made a tremendous goal-line stand (similar to what they pulled against B.C. last month) and Saskatchewan settled for a field goal.

Bagg's performance performance wasn't good enough for the Regina Leader-Post's Rob Vanstone, though, who wrote, "Although Bagg had two long receptions, he is not going to scare defences. His lack of speed was noted when he didn't score on the 72-yarder." So, 146 yards receiving doesn't scare defences, and a 72-yard reception is a bad thing now?

In any case, things are looking good for Bagg these days. As Vanstone points out, the injuries to D.J. Flick, Andy Fantuz, Matt Dominguez and Adarius Bowman mean that Bagg and Weston Dressler are probably the Riders' two top receivers at the moment. He should be seeing lots of passes in the weeks to come, and this kind of performance against a good Montreal team suggests that he may have the skills to stick around in the CFL.

Note: Bagg has also been serving as the team's field-goal holder, and was featured in that capacity in this Aug. 19 piece by McCormick.
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