Posted by: Jeremy | September 2, 2009

Medlock racks up another award


Medlock was a bright spot in a rough month for the Argos

Medlock was a bright spot in a rough month for the Argos

Coming out of training camp, Justin Medlock wasn’t even the Argos’ number one kicker. Now, less than two months later, he leads the league with a 95.2% accuracy rate (20-of-21), and Tuesday was named CFL Special Teams Player of the Month for August.

“I didn’t know if I was going to get a shot,” said Medlock, who stepped in when starter Eddie Johnson went down to injury in the season opener on Canada Day. “I thought it was going to be a one week thing, but I ended up getting a chance and took advantage of it.”

Medlock’s best game of the season came August 14, when he tied a team record with seven field goals (including three 50+ yarders) in a loss to B.C.. Medlock made each of his two attempts against Calgary last Friday, but was left on the sideline when head coach Bart Andrus opted to throw deep instead of attempting a 57-yard field goal that would’ve potentially tied the game. Afterward, Medlock called the decision a matter of “miscommunication”, but was quick to diffuse any idea of a feud with Andrus at practice Tuesday.

“I wasn’t calling him out and wasn’t angry with the decision,” Medlock said. “By miscommunication, I meant maybe he didn’t know my range before the game.

“I came and talked to him (Andrus) about it Saturday and wanted him to know I wasn’t calling him out, and I apologized if there was any hint of that.”

The award is Medlock’s second in less than three weeks — his performance against B.C. earned him CFL Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7. Aside from his placekicking exploits, Medlock also punted 31 times for an average of 41.4 yards in August.

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