Ike won't run scared

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:26 AM ET

'I Like Ike' buttons aren't exactly flying off the shelves at the Stamps Store over at McMahon Stadium. Unlike a tribute to the former U.S. president, who really knew how to run, souvenirs celebrating the Stampeders ground game were thankfully never produced.

Victor Ike, the rookie back largely ignored through the first six games under offensive co-ordinator John Jenkins, is still trying to secure his position with the club while his job is officially up for grabs.

Joffrey Reynolds, who has had some brief NFL stints, has been in camp all week.

The club also is trying to lure NFL back Ronney Jenkins, who spent three seasons in San Diego, to display his leather-lugging prowess in Calgary.

The new faces at practice are intended to either light a fire under Ike or supplant the rookie, who has underwhelmed most observers with a 3.2-yard average on just 65 carries through 11 starts.

"Obviously competition, if you're a competitor, makes you compete even more and I am a competitor," Ike stated yesterday after completing final preparations to face the Renegades tonight at McMahon Stadium.

"Having another back in here really helps me as well.

"I'm not going to try to play any differently. I'm going to try to go out and play the same way I do every week, play hard."

Ike's had limited opportunities to show what he's capable of as the 2-10 Stamps often find themselves behind on the scoreboard early, forced to rely on the passing attack.

Last week in Edmonton, Ike carried the ball just eight times for eight yards while starter Marcus Crandell launched 59 passes, second-most attempts in team history.

Ike's lack of production could see Reynolds in the lineup as early as next Friday against B.C. while the club hopes Jenkins will also be on hand soon to fight for Ike's job.

"(Ike) is a talented young back and it takes more for a running game to come together than just the actual running of the football," argued head coach-GM Matt Dunigan.

"He does great things for us and he'll get another opportunity (tonight) knowing full well Joffrey Reynolds is nipping at his heels."


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