REGINA -- Every year the exact same question is asked to the starting quarterback of the host team for both the Eastern and Western Finals – ‘is it an advantage to have the bye week or does it take you out of rhythm’?
The Saskatchewan Roughriders don’t have the advantage of having a bye week but they did take every opportunity to rest their star pivot ahead of their Western Semi-Final showdown with the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday afternoon.
Darian Durant sat out last week’s season finale against the BC Lions – with their playoff fate already decided – and gave way to backups Drew Willy and JT O’Sullivan. The two pivots went a combined 17 for 26 for 140 yards and no touchdowns in a defensive-dominated loss in Vancouver.
Durant says he is more than ready to turn the switch back on when Sunday arrives but understands that winning and losing is the difference when looking back and deciding whether or not it was the right call.
“It can go either way. When you lose they say it’s a problem…when you win they say it’s a good thing”, Durant told CFL.ca.
Although Durant had made his way back into the lineup after a mid-season hip injury, he wasn’t fully healthy down the stretch.
“Whenever you are banged up a little bit it’s always good to get that extra rest”, he continued. “With me being a vet in the league, hopefully I don’t really need the reps and I can just step in and pick it up”