2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders season

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2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders season
Head coach Ken Miller
General manager Eric Tillman
Home field Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field
Results
Record 12–6–0
Division place 2nd, West
Playoff finish Lost Western Semi-Final
Team MOP Wes Cates
Team MOC Gene Makowsky
Team MOR Weston Dressler
Uniform
CFL SSK Jersey 2008.png

The 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders finished in 2nd place in the West division with a 12–6 record for the second consecutive year. It was their 51st season in the Canadian Football League. The Roughriders attempted to repeat as Grey Cup champions, but, due to an abundance of injuries, lost to the BC Lions in the Western Semi-Final game.

Off-season[edit]

Several months after capturing the 2007 Grey Cup, 2007 CFL coach of the Year Kent Austin stepped down as head coach to become the offensive co-ordinator at Ole Miss. In accepting this position in the NCAA, Austin turned down a very lucrative contract that the Riders had offered.[1] On February 6, 2008, Eric Tillman announced that the new head coach would be Ken Miller. Miller was formerly an offensive coordinator under Austin.[2]

Last season's starting quarterback Kerry Joseph was traded to the Toronto Argonauts on March 5, 2008, along with a third round pick in the 2010 CFL Draft in exchange for offensive tackle Glenn January, defensive lineman Ronald Flemons, the Argos' first-round pick in the 2008 CFL Draft and a 2010 second-round selection.

On April 5, 2008 a report was released saying that the Roughriders set a new record for earnings in a single season. At the Roughriders' annual general meeting, Mike Back, the club's vice-president of finance and operations, reported the Roughriders registered a record profit of $1,737,377 in 2007.[3] The Roughriders exceeded the $22 million plateau in total operating revenue and expenditures. This figure eclipsed the previous mark of $15 million. Total net assets increased by $1,998,857 to $5,096,393.[3] These earnings were due in part to the championship season the Roughriders sported, which included 8 home game sellouts and their first home playoff game in 19 years.

CFL Draft[edit]

Round Player Position School/Club Team
1 (via Toronto) Keith Shologan Defensive Lineman Central Florida Knights
2 (via Edmonton, via Toronto, via Edmonton) Jonathan St. Pierre Offensive Lineman Illinois State Redbirds
2 (via BC) Michael Stadnyk Defensive Lineman Montana Grizzlies
4 (via BC) Jean-François Morin-Roberge Offensive Lineman Montreal Carabins
5 Jeff Zelinski Defensive Back Saint Mary's Huskies
6 (via Hamilton) Teale Orban Quarterback Regina Rams

Pre-season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
A Fri, June 13 BC Lions 33–13 [4] Win 28,800
B Thurs, June 19 at Edmonton Eskimos 37–7 [4] Lost 33,508

Regular season[edit]

Crowd trouble[edit]

On September 20, an unsportsmanlike incident occurred during a game in Saskatchewan. It started in the fourth quarter when Saskatchewan fans became angry about a B.C. play they thought should have been a face mask penalty. Lions defensive back Dante Marsh fired the ball into the stands, and Saskatchewan fans responded by pelting the Lions with full cans of beer.[5] The incident occurred on the night when the Roughriders were honouring past CFL legend Ron Lancaster, who recently died at the age of 69. The club subsequently announced that in order to reduce the probability of a similar incident beer in the east stands (where the visitors bench is) would be sold in plastic cups for at least the remainder of the season.

Ron Lancaster[edit]

On Thursday, September 18, Ron Lancaster, 69, died from an apparent heart attack, less than two months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.[6] The former Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback, also had a long career as a head coach, with the Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger Cats. He was diagnosed in late July and had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.[6] Lancaster played 16 seasons with Saskatchewan, and led the team to five Grey Cup appearances. He led the club to their first CFL championship in 1966 when Saskatchewan upset the Ottawa Rough Riders 29–14.[7] When he retired in 1978, at the age of 41, he was the league's all-time leader in passing yards (50,535), touchdown passes (333), pass attempts (6,223) and completions (3,384).[8] He also suffered more interceptions than any other quarterback in CFL history.[9] He had also passed for more yards than any passer in professional football history.[9]

Season standings[edit]

West[edit]

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Y-Calgary Stampeders 18 13 5 0 595 420 26 Details
X-Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 12 6 0 500 471 24 Details
X-BC Lions 18 11 7 0 559 479 22 Details
X-Edmonton Eskimos 18 10 8 0 512 536 20 Details

East[edit]

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Y-Montreal Alouettes 18 11 7 0 610 443 22 Details
X-Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 8 10 0 435 490 16 Details
Toronto Argonauts 18 4 14 0 397 627 8 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 3 15 0 441 593 6 Details

Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance Record
1 Sat, June 28 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 34–13 Win 28,800 1–0
2 Fri, July 4 at BC Lions 26–16 Win 33,815 2–0
3 Sat, July 12 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33–28 Win 20,874 3–0
4 Sat, July 19 vs. Montreal Alouettes 41–33 Win 28,800 4–0
5 Sun, July 27 vs. Toronto Argonauts 28–22 Win 28,800 5–0
6 Sat, Aug 2 at Calgary Stampeders 22–21 Win 35,650 6–0
7 Thurs, Aug 7 vs. Calgary Stampeders 30–25 Loss 28,800 6–1
8 Bye
9 Thurs, Aug 21 at Edmonton Eskimos 27–10 Loss 48,808 6–2
10 Sun, Aug 31 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19–6 Win 30,985 7–2
11 Sun, Sept 7 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34–31 Win 29,770 8–2
12 Sat, Sept 13 at BC Lions 28–23 Loss 38,608 8–3
13 Sat, Sept 20 vs. BC Lions 27–21 Loss 30,945 8–4
14 Sun, Sept 28 at Montreal Alouettes 37–12 Loss 20,202 8–5
15 Fri, Oct 3 vs. Calgary Stampeders 37–34 Win 30,945 9–5
16 Mon, Oct 13 at Calgary Stampeders 42–5 Loss 35,650 9–6
17 Sun, Oct 19 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 30–29 Win 30,945 10–6
18 Sat, Oct 25 vs. Edmonton Eskimos 55–9 Win 30,945 11–6
19 Thurs, Oct 30 at Toronto Argonauts 45–38 Win 28,654 12–6

Roster[edit]

2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Slotbacks

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve List

Developmental Squad

Injured Lists

Suspended List


Italics indicate Import player
Roster updated 2008-10-30
Depth ChartTransactions
46 Active, 11 Inactive, 7 PS

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Notable transactions[edit]

Date Type Incoming Outgoing Team
September 6, 2008 Free Agent Signing Adam Nicolson, Slotback Canadian N/A British Columbia Lions (2007)
August 28, 2008 Release N/A Marcus Crandell, Quarterback American Saskatchewan Roughriders
August 23, 2008 Trade Michael Bishop, Quarterback American Conditional 2011 CFL Canadian Draft choice Toronto Argonauts
July 24, 2008 Free Agent Signing (for 2009) Kye Stewart, Linebacker American N/A Illinois State (NCAA) (2007)
July 17, 2008 Release N/A Amariah Farrow, Offensive Lineman American Saskatchewan Roughriders
July 8, 2008 Release N/A Airabin Justin, Defensive Back American Saskatchewan Roughriders
July 7, 2008 Trade
  • T.J. Acree, Wide Receiver American
  • Rights to Brian Smith, Defensive Lineman American
  • Argonauts' Third Round Canadian Draft Choice In 2011
  • Ronald Flemons, Defensive End American
  • Roughriders' Fifth Round Canadian Draft Choice In 2011
Toronto Argonauts
June 28, 2008 Draft Pick Signing Keith Shologan, Defensive Lineman Canadian N/A San Diego Chargers (NFL) (2008)
June 18, 2008 Release N/A Brock Stratton, Linebacker American Saskatchewan Roughriders
June 6, 2008 Release N/A Quinton Jones, Defensive Back American Saskatchewan Roughriders
June 5, 2008 Trade Leron Mitchell, Cornerback Canadian Jamal Robertson, Running Back American Toronto Argonauts
June 2, 2008 Retirement N/A Tim Fleiszer, Defensive Line Canadian Saskatchewan Roughriders
June 2, 2008 Retirement N/A Kennedy Nkeyasen, Defensive Back Ghanan Saskatchewan Roughriders
June 1, 2008 Free Agent Signing Denatay Heard, Defensive Back American N/A Stillman College (NCAA) (2007)
June 1, 2008 Trade Future Considerations and a Negotiation List Player Kevin Garrett, Defensive Back American Winnipeg Blue Bombers
June 1, 2008 Release N/A Jason Mitchell, Wide Receiver American Saskatchewan Roughriders
May 31, 2008 Release N/A T.J. Stancil, Linebacker American Saskatchewan Roughriders
May 26, 2008 Free Agent Signing Adarius Bowman, Wide Receiver American N/A Oklahoma State (NCAA) (2007)
May 26, 2008 Free Agent Signing Stu Foord, Wide Receiver Canadian N/A Regina Thunder (CJFL) (2007)
May 26, 2008 Free Agent Signing Brad Peters, Offensive Lineman Canadian N/A Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL) (2007)
May 11, 2008 Free Agent Signing Weston Dressler, Wide Receiver American N/A North Dakota (NCAA) (2007)
May 5, 2008 Free Agent Signing Kevin Scott, Offensive Lineman/Long Snapper Canadian N/A Queen's (CIS) (2007)
April 1, 2008 Free Agent Signing Kevin Garrett, Defensive Back American N/A Calgary Stampeders
March 12, 2008 Free Agent Signing Omarr Morgan, Defensive Back American N/A Edmonton Eskimos
March 5, 2008 Trade
  • Glenn January, Offensive Tackle American
  • Ronald Flemons, Defensive Lineman American
  • Argonauts first round selection in the 2008 CFL Draft
  • Argonauts second round selection in the 2010 CFL Draft
  • Kerry Joseph, Quarterback American
  • Riders third round pick in the 2010 CFL Draft
Toronto Argonauts
March 4, 2008 Free Agent Signing Brock Stratton, Linebacker American N/A Texas Tech (NCAA) (2006)
February 27, 2008 Free Agent Signing N/A Jovon Johnson, Defensive Back American Erie RiverRats (AIFA)
February 19, 2008 Free Agent Signing N/A Reggie Hunt, Linebacker American Montreal Alouettes
February 8, 2008 Trade Steven Jyles, Quarterback American Fred Perry, Defensive End American Edmonton Eskimos
January 31, 2008 Retirement N/A Val St. Germain, Offensive Lineman Canadian N/A
January 29, 2008 Release N/A Corey Holmes, Running Back American N/A
January 29, 2008 Free Agent Signing Quinton Jones, Defensive Back American N/A San Diego Chargers (NFL) (2007)
January 29, 2008 Free Agent Signing James Patrick, Defensive Back American N/A New England Patriots (NFL) (2007)
January 23, 2008 Free Agent Signing Rob Bagg, Wide Receiver Canadian N/A Queen's (CIS) (2007)
January 23, 2008 Free Agent Signing Jason Mitchell, Wide Receiver American N/A USC (NCAA) (2006)
November 28, 2007 Retirement N/A Yo Murphy, Wide Receiver American N/A

Player stats[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp  % Yards TD INT Rating
Michael Bishop 274 160 58.4 2550 10 13 81.9
Darian Durant 129 77 59.7 1122 7 6 86.8
Marcus Crandell 128 67 52.3 924 7 3 84.3
Steven Jyles 61 42 68.9 533 4 6 76.7
Andy Fantuz 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 (−414.6)

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Rushing[edit]

Player No. Yards Average TD Fumbles
Wes Cates 216 1229 5.7 12 4
Michael Bishop 46 244 5.3 4 5
Darian Durant 27 204 7.6 1 1
Stuart Foord 27 162 7.0 2 0
Neal Hughes 35 130 3.7 4 1

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Receiving[edit]

Player No. Yards Avg. Long TD
Weston Dressler 56 1123 20.1 67 6
Andy Fantuz 36 488 13.6 31 3
Wes Cates 39 451 11.6 40 2
Rob Bagg 22 371 16.9 72 0
Adarius Bowman 23 358 15.6 73 3

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Awards and Records[edit]

CFL All-Star Selections[edit]

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CFL West All-Star Selections[edit]

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Playoffs[edit]

West Semi-Final[edit]

Date and time: Saturday, November 8, 3:30 PM Central Standard Time
Venue: Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, Regina, Saskatchewan

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
BC Lions 7 9 10 7 33
Saskatchewan Roughriders 0 6 3 3 12

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