AFTER an explosive performance in the Bisons home opener, star running back Anthony Coombs has been named the Bisons' athlete of the week.
The selection was a total no-brainer. Coombs stampeded all over the visiting University of Alberta Golden Bears in Manitoba's triumphant home opener last Friday, rushing to the tune of 223 yards on just 16 carries, including touchdown runs of 84 and 62 yards. He also added a 37-yard touchdown dash on a pass from quarterback Jordan Yantz.
Incredibly, the third-year Bison racked up those numbers in just three quarters: coaches sportingly rested him in the fourth, while the Bisons went on to win 65-41 in front of a throng of fans at Investors Group Field. Even so, that performance was good for the eighth-best outing by a running back in Bison history, and Coombs' 84-yard touchdown run was the fifth longest in the team's 47 years.
After one game, Coombs sits atop the Canada West all-purpose yards leaderboard with 271, leads the division in rushing yards and is tied for first for touchdowns. He'll get a chance to pad those stats on Saturday, when the Bisons host the Saskatchewan Huskies in a 5 p.m. game at IGF.
-- Melissa Martin