(Vancouver) Hot off his selection as one of September’s Players of the Month, BC Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian has earned his second weekly award of the season as announced by the CFL this morning following a 13-tackle performance in the Lions’ 40-33 win over Ottawa on Saturday.
Despite 70+ points between the two teams, not to mention almost 1,000 yards of combined offence, it was the defence that had Lions fans at BC Place on their feet in the game’s final moments to help seal the team’s ninth win of the year.
His 13 defensive stops on the night puts Elimimian atop the individual tackle standings with 100 on the year and five games still left on the team’s regular season schedule. His heroics Saturday also marked the fourth time in the past six outings that he has notched at least 10 tackles.
It’s the second time in his seven-year career that Elimimian has reached the 100-tackle plateau and while it’s hard to imagine topping his record-setting performance of 143 tackles in 2014, he can do just that by averaging nine stops per game the rest of the way.
The Lions are currently in second spot in the West Division with a 9-4 record and face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-6) in a critical West Division home-and-home series over the next two weeks. The club plays in Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon before returning home to take on the Bombers at BC Place on Friday, October 14 presented by Purolator.