August 2, 2018

Striving for Excellence

Marken Michel (80) of the Calgary Stampeders during the game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, MB on Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Photo: Johany Jutras / CFL)

One major down, plenty more to go.

Receiver Marken Michel doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon, after scoring his first touchdown of the season following a 41-yard reception in last weekend’s 34-22 victory against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“It was amazing, I just couldn’t wait to get into the endzone,” said Michel.

“At the beginning of the season I got hurt, I missed two games. Injuries are something that can set you back, and set your mood back a little bit. But I had to stay focused, stay up in spirit and continue to pray on it. Finally I got back in the game and scored a touchdown.”

The touchdown was the opening score in the Stampeders victory, helping keep their perfect record untarnished.

“There’s not too many words you can put on it, except hard work.” Michel said of the 6-0 Red & White.

“Our coaches implement a hard-working mentality in our head every single day in the practice room.

“No matter how good we think we’ve done in practice, there are always things you can fix. Coach really harps on the details and makes sure that we stay focused.

“We go out every single day and attack it like it’s a game day.”

And Michel is ready to battle for 7-0 this Saturday at McMahon Stadium, taking on a BC team he’s found plenty of success against.

In 2017, Michel made 9 receptions for 174 yards in two games against the Lions, he also hauled in a 28-yard reception during the 2018 pre-season.

“I’m not really a numbers guy,” Michel explained.

“I don’t look at the successes I’ve had against BC too much. I approach every single game like it’s another opportunity to continue to strive for greatness.

“I go out every single contest and try to go for 100 yards – hopefully this coming weekend I get another 100.”

However, tallying another 100 yards against the Lions won’t come without its challenges.

“It’s going to be a hard fought battle,” said Michel.

“Those guys have amazing talent, amazing coaches, they’re going to come in here with a great game plan, and they’re definitely going to come in here and play physical.

“We’ve got to come with our A-games because they’re coming with theirs.

“We’ll be ready for it.”