Joker Phillips named his captains for the Akron game this weekend, and the legend of Luke McDermott continues to grow. McDermott and receiver Matt Roark will serve as game captains along with permanent captains Randall Cobb and DeQuin Evans. McDermott, who has been a revelation so far this season, earned the job with his great play through two games. Coach Philips had high praise for the walk-on after Saturday’s win over Western:
“The guy earned the right to be the starter,” Phillips said after the game Saturday. “He just continues to make the play. I didn’t see who it was that made the interception so I asked. Somebody said, ‘Luke.’ He’s just all over the place. Maybe he’s becoming the Randall Cobb of defense.”
The Randall Cobb of defense? That, my friends, is a helluva compliment. Roark, like almost all of the Cats’ receivers, has stepped up big in the season’s opening wins. He has six catches for 112 yards through the first two games, second on the team to Randall Cobb in both categories. Joker lauded Roark’s performance in his Monday presser:
“One thing Matt is doing for us, he’s one of the guys playing well on special teams,” Phillips said in his weekly news conference Monday. “He was the special teams player of the week for us and he has caught four or five passes. Three of those have been on big plays that he’s made on scrambles. That’s what I’m proud to see him do.”
Nice to see a couple of the less celebrated players on the squad get their due. It’s like when we almost let BTI sit at the big kids table for the KSR Thanksgiving feast last year. Go Big Blue.