Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Roughriders Rookie Nic Demski a Bright Light in Riders' Dismal Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Roughriders Rookie Nic Demski a Bright Light in Riders' Dismal Season

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Rookie Demski a bright light in Riders season


REGINA - Whether the Saskatchewan Roughriders believe they're playing for next year or just fielding the best team they can this season, Nic Demski is a big part of either scenario.

The rookie receiver feels he fits in with the youth movement, should that be the direction the team takes for the remainder of the season now that a playoff berth seems unattainable.

The Roughriders sport a 1-10 record entering play on Saturday when they host the Ottawa Redblacks (6-4) at Mosaic Stadium. The playoff picture for Saskatchewan faded a little more after a deflating defeat in Winnipeg one week after the team picked up its first win of the season over the Blue Bombers in the Labour Day Classic.

"It has been frustrating at times, but it's all about learning and getting better," said Desmki, the Riders' first-round pick in the 2015 draft (sixth overall). "This is only my rookie season, so I can't expect too much of myself. But when I do get in there I know I have to capitalize on my chances and do what I can to help this team win."

Veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn was appointed by interim head coach Bob Dyce as the starter for Saturday's game against Ottawa. Glenn has recovered from a partially torn pectoral muscle and will replace rookie Brett Smith under centre. Smith struggled in the 22-7 loss in Winnipeg and completed just 13 of 22 pass attempts for 114 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked five times.

While that first-year player has his role reduced to a backup, Demski will be active in a variety of ways for the Riders, much like he has been all season.

The six-foot, 215-pound former University of Manitoba standout has shone brightest this season on special teams. He has racked up a combined 266 yards in kickoff and punt returns, including a 60-yard punt return on Labour Day for his first CFL touchdown.

He also has played a role as a receiver and a runner on offence, with nine receptions for 134 yards and five rushes for 41 yards. …

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