Yet despite the loss of four key members of their 2012 roster, the 2013 Lions looks like they haven’t missed a beat, aside from their season opening loss to the Calgary Stampeders, and appear to be primed to be a force in the present and the future.
Sporting a 3-1 record, with a victory over the Argonaugts and a pair of home and home “W’s” against the Eskimos, the Lions, now in year two of Coach Mike Benevides system, appear to have found their own identity.
Over the last couple of years, the aura of Wally Buono and Simon still filled the dome, but with Buono now fully entrenched in his GM role and Superman running routes for the Roughriders, the Leos now have to create their own identity.
The Lions go as QB Travis Lulay goes
Taking over full rein of the quarterback role, Lulay has thrown for over 4000 yards in the last two years and bar injury, is on pace to repeat that stat this season.
While Travis Lulay has the ability to impact the game from the pocket, he has also shown a knack for taking matters into his own hands, evident by recording three touchdowns in each of the three previous seasons and running for nearly 400 yards at the same time (477 yrds in 2012)
WR By Committee
Replacing Simon, a task that was once viewed as impossible, even by route of retirement, originally seemed to be taken over by a committee that includes, Shawn Gore, Mark Ianniuzzi, Andrew Harris and Emmanuel Arceneaux.
So far this season, the duo of Harris and Arceneaux have done their best to help fans deal with life after “81”.
With five TD’s in the first four games of the season, Harris is quickly taking over as a fan favorite with his skill, energy and charisma. Fans of #33 may only have a short time to enjoy his talents if the NFL comes knocking, and based on his resume, they will.
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After a two and a half year stint of his own in the NFL, where he bounced from Minnesota to Washington to the New York Jets, Arceneaux has made a successful return to BC, his first professional stop out of Alcorn State.
During his last season with the Lions in 2010, Arceneaux posted 1000+ yards on 67 receptions and finished with 5 visits to the endzone.
This year alone, Emmanuel has celebrated three TD’s and notched just over 300 yards.
While Adam Bighill recovers from a serious ankle injury, one that has kept him out of the past two games, the defensive corp has been led by Dante Marsh and rookie Cord Parks. Bighill has been targeting July 30th, a rare Tuesday night game, to make his return to the Leos lineup.
Marsh and Parks? Well aside from being tied in leading the team in tackles with 19 apiece, Parks also holds top rank in interceptions for the Lions and the CFL.
Although he has been in the lineup for four years and in the league for eight, defensive end Keron Williams has not only held down the outside for the last two seasons, but now has been given the task of becoming a defensive tackle when Defensive Coordinator Rich Stubler changes up his crew.
Following nine years of the Buono era and twelve years of Simon commanding the spotlight, the new look Lions have now started to pen the next chapter in team history, one that appears to be very bright and primed for success.