Carrying the CFL on their backs

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

So much for the CFL to be a wild passing league.

Maybe we should blame the running backs.

With some new workhorses grinding things out along the ground, some games are getting taken over with rushing attacks.

“I saw an article the other day about the days of the 20-carry running back are over,” said Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish. “I had 20 carries a week ago.

“I had 24 in this one. There is a lot of evidence to the contrary. Some teams run the ball less and prefer more of a passing game.

“If you have a balanced offence, it’s the best thing you do can in the CFL.”

Cornish had a league-high 24 carries during Saturday’s victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, piling up 159 yards. Two weeks earlier, he had 20 carries for 170 yards against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Hugh Charles of the Edmonton Eskimos and Cory Boyd (then with the Toronto Argonauts) have each had 20-carry outings this year.

Among the full-time starters, only B.C. Lions RB Andrew Harris hasn’t had a game where he has topped more than 17 carries.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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