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It's not just small guys who can catch passes; the Saskatchewan Roughriders have shown that over the last couple of years with touchdown passes to 310-pound guard Dan Clark, and they got a taste of their own medicine from a former Rider Sunday. 290-pound Ottawa Redblacks' backup centre Alexander Krausnick lined up as a tight end early in Sunday's game, reported as eligible, and went on to do this:
What's really impressive here is the way Krausnick takes out Saskatchewan safety Tyron Brackenridge. Of course, he does have 101 pounds on the 189-pound defensive back, but that's still a very impressive (and seemingly legal) hit. It's not often you see a receiver just running through (and over) the guy trying to tackle him, but that's a lot easier when you have a size mismatch like this. Still, full credit to Brackenridge for not only getting up again and throwing himself in the path of Krausnick again, but somehow finding a way to bring him down the second time.
Sunday was a good day for Krausnick to have a big game, as the Roughriders originally drafted him. He shone at the university level with the Calgary Dinos, serving as their starting centre and long-snapper for his final two seasons and earning a Canada West all-star nod, and Saskatchewan chose him in the fourth round of the 2011 CFL draft (27th overall). After two years there, though, he moved to the Edmonton Eskimos in free agency in February 2013, and then was selected by Ottawa in the December 2013 expansion draft. He's mostly served as a backup for them this year, but showed off some impressive receiving skills here, and they may wind up using a play like this again down the road. Unfortunately, the game didn't work out for the Redblacks in the end, as they wound up falling 35-32 in double overtime. Still, at least they got a couple of good highlights out of it...