Cory early-season story

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Just four games into his CFL career, Cory Boyd has joined elite company.

The Toronto Argonauts running back is riding a three-game 100-yard rushing game streak, something that is extremely difficult to do in the pass-happy league.

In fact, throughout his long career, former Winnipeg Blue Bombers star Charles Roberts never had three 100-yard rushing games consecutively.

Clearly, the styles of the two running backs are drastically different. Roberts was Blink (as in blink, and you’ll miss him), while Boyd is a punisher, a physical back who doesn’t shy away from contact and doesn’t go down with one tackler.

In that respect, Boyd resembles Calgary Stampeders star Joffrey Reynolds. But Reynolds has only once had three straight 100-yard games in his distinguished career. That’s the same career-best as Saskatchewan Roughriders back Wes Cates.

Boyd has a long way to go to break Mike Pringle’s record of 13 in a row set in 1998, and he will be in tough to top the best run of any current player — Avon Cobourne’s six straight in 2008.

For a first-year CFLer, Boyd is off to a great start.

Opening drive

The aggressive Montreal Alouettes secondary has seemingly crossed the line this season, and we don’t mean the line of scrimmage. In four games, the Alouettes have been dinged for 11 pass interference penalties and called four times for illegal contact on the receiver. Since Tim Burke took over as thhe defensive co-ordinator in the 2008 season, the Als have played a physical style with receivers, and it has worked to great success. Last season, the Als were middle of the pack in terms of penalties called, with 164 flags for 1,451 yards. They are on pace this season for 207 penalties and 2,160 yards. The next worst teams for pass interference penalties are the Riders and the Edmonton Eskimos at four apiece, while both the Stamps and the Argos have none. The Argos haven’t committed an illegal contact infraction, either.

Endzone toss

Only in the CFL would a starting defensive player up and retire to become a regular joe. It has happened in Hamilton, where veteran

S Sandy Beveridge has walked away from the Tiger-Cats to join the local fire department. The Ticats are now turning to 2008 first-overall pick Dylan Barker as their starting safety … It’s funny hearing Lions head coach Wally Buono accuse Argos bench boss Jim Barker of tampering last week wiht his comments regarding Lions QB Travis Lulay. If Barker’s Argos were to get fined for tampering, David Braley would be on the hook for it. Braley also owns the Lions.

Extra points

Not only did DB Byron Parker secure a victory for his team, the Argos star vaulted himself closer to a prestigious record. Parker’s pick-six against the Lions was the seventh in his career, right behind current Eskimos DB Jason Goss’ record eight. Goss shares that mark with DB Malcolm Frank and DB Dick Thornton … The Argos had their second straight double-digit comeback win, but their attendance dropped from Week 3 to Week 4. Hopefully, Torontonians get on board with this team … How long has it been since an Argos player led the CFL in combined yards (Chad Owens 749) and yards from scrimmage (Cory Boyd 455)?

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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