If there's one thing that doesn't change from week to week for the Alouettes, it's the impact of linebacker Adarius Pickett.
The sophomore consistently finds a way to stand out, whether it's a big tackle or a turnover.
Last week, in a duel the “Als” couldn’t lose against the Rouge et Noir in Ottawa, the American recovered a fumble and returned the ball 16 yards for his first career touchdown. He also had 11 tackles, including 10 on defense.
This performance earned him being selected among the three players of the week in the Canadian circuit. We bet Pickett prefers this type of league announcement, rather than the one that concerned him the week before. The footballer had received three fines, including one for having vigorously criticized the work of the referees.
Questioned on this subject, Pickett could not hide his amusement.
“I do just my job,” he replied with a smirk after Tuesday's practice.
“I can't concentrate on what's happening off the pitch. I've been trying to do my best since the beginning of the year and I can't control the fines. I should also receive another one in the coming days.”
The ideal position for him
If Pickett finds himself having to dip into his pockets, it's mainly because of his intensity. A facet of his personality on the pitch which, however, allows him to be a key factor, according to his head coach.
“He is a very physical player and covers a lot of ground. He's good on cover, against the run and on special teams,” said Danny Maciocia.
Pickett has been a member of the Alouettes since the 2021 season, during which he showed several good things. The performance of the UCLA Bruins product is entering another stratosphere this year, however.
“I prepared adequately during the last offseason. In addition, I evolve to only one position this year. It allows me to focus on one thing and be a better defensive leader,” Pickett said of his brilliant campaign.
Last year, he was employed as a defensive back and running back. corner. He had 23 defensive tackles, a quarterback sack and forced a fumble in 14 games. Pickett was moved to the strong side linebacker role in 2022. In as many games as the previous season, he had 62 tackles, three sacks and knocked the ball off an opponent twice. p>
“He is tailor-made for this position”, declared Maciocia at the start of the season.
A few months later, we have to admit that whoever also wears the hat of DG Sparrows was right.