The Redblacks want to see more Dedmon running.
Ottawa’s phenom playmaker burst onto the CFL scene by taking two returns back for touchdowns in Week 8 against Montreal. Dedmon went 111 yards on a kick-off return major and displayed his intriguing athleticism on a 95-yard punt return TD that has gone viral.
“The first guy hit me and I was like ‘nah, my teammates they deserve better than that’. I put my hand down and I saw open space, then a guy came and he laid the boom on me. I was lucky enough to be in spin move so he bounced me outside and the rest I just said I’m not getting tackled, I gotta beat this guy to the spot and I got in the end zone” Dedmon said.
The CFL rookie has seen limited snaps on offence, but the Redblacks are scheming ways to get him more involved in the offence.
“That is definitely in the plan. In college he was a full-time receiver, so he’s done that. So we will continue to integrate him in and get him to learn what we’re doing. And so yes, you will see him play some more at the receiver position,” Campbell said.
During his time at The College of William and Mary, Dedmon played mostly as a receiver. He caught 152 passes for 2,037 yards and 20 touchdowns adding 41 carries for 240 yards and one touchdown. That was just on offence. Dedmon returned 19 punts for 184 yards and one touchdown along with 55 kick-offs for 1,364 yards and one touchdown.
Dedmon shares an alma mater with Canadian Football Hall of Famer Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Pinball earned his first CFL roster spot as a returner just like Dedmon and went on to become one of the greatest playmakers in league history. It’s early for comparisons, but Dedmon has shown the potential to be a star in Canada.
“We’ve liked him from the get-go. He just ended up having a setback and we were just biding our time to get him back and we did,” Campbell said.
“All signs point to really good things for him, but, obviously you gotta do it week in and week out. But I think he’s up to the challenge.”