Warren having amazing season

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Antonio Warren can't help looking ahead to the 2005 Grey Cup, at home under the dome at B.C. Place.

The Lions running back, who has a ring from his stint with the Stampeders in 2001, piled up 160 yards in last autumn's classic although the Lions lost to Toronto. Warren has been a driving force behind the team's fast start this season, with the ultimate destination Grey Cup Sunday in Vancouver.

"I was 10 yards away from a Grey Cup record but I knew I wasn't going home with a ring or any extra money, so it really didn't matter," said the 29-year-old Warren, who was stopped just shy of Johnny Bright's Cup record.

"You always have the Grey Cup in the back of your mind and the main thing is to keep winning game by game and go from there. We just can't get complacent we're trying to stay where we are and keep trying to work hard."

Warren is certainly punching the timeclock daily again this season, having climbed into third place in the CFL's yards from scrimmage, fifth in rushing.

He was unstoppable two weeks ago against the Stampeders, rushing for 114 yards while hauling in seven passes for an additional 90.

"I knew I'd get a few carries that night but I just didn't know I'd catch so many balls," said Warren, who considered re-signing with the Stamps in 2003 after being cut by the NFL's New York Giants. "Calgary's got a good team with a strong defence. They run that 3-4 and we just had a good night that night. We ran and passed and used our balanced attack. The main thing is not showing them the same formations all the time.

"I've got good hands like a receiver, so either or, it doesn't matter. Catching passes out of the backfield is just like taking a handoff. I like to run the ball because I'm a running back and I'd like to lead the league in rushing but catching the ball out of the backfield is just like taking a hand off. Making the first guy miss is the key.

"Do that and I can do some damage."


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