Boyd making most of being 'rookie' again

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Cory Boyd, a man of faith, didn't envision this happening.

The Argonauts running back, after two years of football inactivity, has a hold among the leaders in the Canadian Football League in rushing. Four weeks into the 2010 regular season, no other player has more than Boyd's 431 rushing yards.

In fact, Boyd, who had a solid college career at South Carolina, wasn't sure what his football future held when he was released by the Denver Broncos in March of 2009. Boyd didn't participate in the sport last season, and though he spent time with the Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, he did not play in a game.

"Everyone was always looking at me to be a good star athlete in the NFL, but I guess it is a draw of the cards," Boyd said after the Argos practised on Monday at their Erindale training facility.

"I was looking for something new. There are not too many times you get to be a rookie twice in your career. Just having the faith to know I was going to have the opportunity somewhere down the line, it was a blessing.

"I just think of the hot summers and running three miles up hills, just doing the physical things. It seemed like I was doing it for nothing, but God always has a greater plan."

It's going to be interesting to see whether part of God's plan, if that's really what is at work here, includes a dominant performance by Boyd against the Montreal Alouettes in a road game on Thursday night. The defending Grey Cup champs are No.1 in the CFL against the rush, and through four games, opposing teams have run the football just 59 times, a league low.

Boyd's streak of busting through opposing defences for at least 100 yards is at three games, and no Argo has rushed for more than 100 yards in four consecutive games since Bill Symons did it 42 years ago.

When the Argos were shut out in Montreal last August, running back Jamal Robertson, who would go on to finish with 1,031 yards by the end of the season, gained just 20 on the ground.

"They want to put you in situations where you have to do something other than your strength," offensive guard Taylor Robertson said. "They have a good defensive scheme. We're just going to attack that and see what happens.

"I just know (Boyd) has come up here and played his butt off. He wants it. I'm sure he will get a lot of attention after this, but right now he is ours and we are going to run down the field with him all day long."

Here's the potentially scary part if the Alouettes put a halt to Boyd: Going primarily with a passing attack could spell trouble, as quarterback Cleo Lemon and his receivers remain on different pages. The Argos, despite Boyd's abilities, are last in the CFL in more than a few offensive categories, including average yards per game with 303.5.

But head coach Jim Barker stands behind Lemon, who has thrown three touchdown passes and has a completion rate of 59.1%, better than only the B.C. Lions' Casey Printers, who has been hurt.

What if Boyd can't move the football?

"I have the confidence in our football team that we are going to find a way to put the ball in the end zone, and that we are going to find a way to put ourselves in a position to win," Barker said.

Don't expect the hard-charging Boyd to turn tail in the face of the Alouettes' defence.

"It has been a fight all the way through," Boyd, who also has a league-high 455 yards from scrimmage, said. "I could never picture myself getting back into football, let alone coming here.

"If I sit back and think about what (the Als) are going to do, then I won't be me. I just go out and fight for everything."

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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