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Canadian linebacker D.J. Lalama answered when his number was called, and his performance in the Alouettes 42-32 win on Friday night against the Ottawa REDBLACKS allowed him to be named among the CFL players of the week.
Called upon to replace Chris Ackie, the 26-year-old amassed ten defensive tackles, including a quarterback sack, which represents a team high that evening. On top of starting on defence, Lalama replaced long snapper Martin Bédard, who was also injured. Not only did he make all of his snaps without a hiccup, the former University of Manitoba Bison also registered a special teams tackle that night.
Lalama was chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.