Lions plug Leak in debut as a starter
By Mitch Gallo
It wasn’t the result Chris Leak was hoping for in his first professional start with the Montreal Alouettes. The former University of Florida Gator threw two interceptions, fumbled the ball and had to leave the game with a minor hip injury as the British Columbia Lions beat the Alouettes by a score of 38-17.
“We didn’t execute offensively, anytime you turn the ball over and have a lack of focus it’s never going to be an easy thing, especially against a good team,” said Leak after the game.
“You have to give BC credit, they came in here, played a great game and you have to give credit where it’s due.”
Leak was starting the football game in place of Anthony Calvillo who suffered a bruised sternum on Aug. 19 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Leak did find himself in that football game in the second quarter and looked better than he did on Friday night against the Lions.
Heading into the game, the Lions were the worst team in the Canadian Football League and were ridding a torturous seven game losing streak. The Alouettes meanwhile lost for the first time at home in 14 games.
Despite the performance of Leak behind centre, coach Marc Trestman was quick to dilute the blame for the outcome on the field.
“Chris (Leak) is going to own up for the mistakes he made tonight but we lost this game as a team and that starts with me,” said Trestman. “I wanted to make sure that every guy left here tonight not thinking that the reason we lost is because we didn’t have the right quarterback in there.”
Leak has shown the ability to compete in tough environments and situations. Coming in cold off the bench for Calvillo in the game against the Blue Bombers, he completed 10 passes for almost 100 yards and helped his team capitalize when in the red zone twice.
Just four years ago when he was with the Florida Gators he lead them to a record of 13-1 and defeated Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game.
Although Leak may have had a set back in his first professional start, he plans to put it behind him.
“That’s just the game of football, sometimes things don’t happen the way you want them to. You have to fight through it and keep getting better with the team.”