Team, not streak, more important to Lulay 0
It's no surprise that the selfless Travis Lulay would rather talk about the team than himself.
But even though his B.C. Lions' 8-3 record is worthy of chatter, there's something special about what the quarterback has accomplished over the last 22 games.
During that span, Lulay has thrown at least one touchdown per game, giving him a streak that ranks second all-time in league history after his two-touchdown performance against the Toronto Argonauts moved him past Anthony Calvillo's and Doug Flutie's mark. He's completed 45 touchdowns over that stretch. However, it's not something he's thought too much about.
"It's just one of those things, it's a byproduct of doing some good things over a period of time, and that's just a reflection of the group," Lulay said Tuesday. "The only time I'm thinking about it is when I'm asked about it. It's not like we're designing things to keep any kind of streak alive. But obviously if it stays alive, it's a good thing because it means we're putting points on the board."
There's still a long ways to go before Lulay can match the CFL record of 34 straight games, set by Montreal Alouettes legend Sam Etcheverry, while the NFL record is 47 straight games set by Johnny Unitas. The consecutive streak so far, though, speaks a lot to Lulay's consistency.
"It really gives you a window into how intelligent he is and into how much it matters to him," head coach Mike Benevides said. "When you take a look at the consummate-professional leader, that's exactly what he is.
"He doesn't want to talk about it, but when you take a look at the great history of a great league that we have here and for him to get to where he's at, it's very, very impressive to say the least."
Tuesday, Lulay was named the CFL offensive player of the week, after throwing a season-high 390 yards and adding 42 rushing yards against the Argos. Joining him with honours after the team's Week 12 victory are teammates, receiver Shawn Gore (Canadian) and running back/returner Tim Brown (special teams).
"It just means that all the hard work that I've been putting in is paying off a little bit," said Gore, who had three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. "There's a lot left to go and hopefully me and some other guys on the team can do it again."
Although Solomon Elimimian was at the Lions practice Tuesday, he stood on the sidelines holding his helmet. The linebacker, who re-joined the team last week after failing to sign on with an NFL team, is dealing with a hamstring injury. He won't comment on it, except to say he's getting better.
Coach Benevides hinted that it's unlikely he'll play on Saturday against the Edmonton Eskimos.
"He's trying to go through all the strength phases he's got to get through," he said. "We're going to go one day at a time and see where it goes."