Korey Banks only has praise for Ticats QB Henry Burris

Korey Banks (24) of the Lions celebrates after making a tackle during the CFL Western Division...

Korey Banks (24) of the Lions celebrates after making a tackle during the CFL Western Division Final football game at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C. November 18, 2012. (BOB FRID/QMI AGENCY)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

VANCOUVER - For now, it seems the only thing being thrown around heading into Friday's showdown at BC Place are kind words.

While you can expect things to change quickly once the B.C. Lions and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hit the gridiron in Vancouver, the lead-up to the Week 10 matchup so far has featured, well, some friendly pats on the back.

In a segment on TSN prior to last week's Lions game, Ticats quarterback Henry Burris admitted that one of the toughest players he's been up against in the league is Lions defensive back Korey Banks. And this week, although admitting he hadn't actually heard the comments by Burris, Banks repaid the compliment with some commendation for the veteran pivot as well.

"They don't give him the credit I think he deserves," said Banks, who is coming off a two-interception performance against Montreal. "He's always the top one or two quarterbacks in the league every year. Regardless if he's turning the ball over, this guy can throw the ball, he's accurate, he makes mistakes, but shakes them off and comes right back at you.

"So we're going up against a guy who's a legend, and in my mind a hall-of-famer."

This season, the 38-year-old Burris leads the league in passing yards with 2,454 and has also thrown for 12 touchdowns. His club has won three straight and sit second in the East Division as they head into the first of back-to-back meetings with B.C.

When asked if he was being extra nice because of what Burris said, Banks claimed he was just giving credit where credit was due.

"I'm glad he feels that way but it won't catch me off guard," Banks said. "It feels good when people recognize (my play) but it goes in one ear and out the other because at the end of the day, Henry Burris is just one opponent.

"I respect his opinion … that means he's ready for me. I'm going to be ready for him, but it's not a one-on-one battle."


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