Harris bringing his A-game

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

Gerald Harris is anxiously awaiting a chance to prove himself tomorrow night against his former club, the B.C. Lions (8 p.m., Ch. 21).

Unable to crack the Lions impressive lineup of receivers the last three seasons, Harris was released this spring despite re-signing with the club in March.

The 27-year-old Washington product says the Lions underestimated his value.

"That whole team is pretty stacked from top to bottom but I know and they know I've proven myself every time I stepped on the field," said Harris, who started just eight games in three seasons in Vancouver.

"The powers that be prevailed."

After stints with Arena League teams in Las Vegas and Green Bay, Harris signed with the Stampeders three weeks ago after calling Calgary offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto, Harris's old boss with the Lions.

"He expects me to do what he watched me do the last three years in Vancouver," said Harris, who had three catches for 84 years last week against Saskatchewan, replacing MarTay Jenkins at wide out.

Harris said he can't wait to see some action against the Lions.

"Let me put it this way: Those coaches know, those fans know and they know what they're going to get out of me when I get there," Harris said. "That's all that needs to be said. It doesn't matter if I see the ball or not, they'll get the best from me."

RARIN' TO GO: Offensive linemen Jamie Crysdale and Jeff Pilon are determined to start tomorrow night in Vancouver despite injuries.

Crysdale, riding a 209-game streak starting at centre, had a cortisone shot in his left knee Tuesday but was on the field yesterday.

Pilon suffered a high calf bruise in Tuesday's workout and didn't practice yesterday yet expects to play.

Veteran left guard Jay McNeil or rookie John Comiskey could play Crysdale's position if necessary while rookie David De La Perralle could slide into Pilon's right tackle spot.

McNeil said he fully expects both to play, although they are a little bit nicked up.

"It would make it tough, right, but we have confidence in the guys who would step in. So if it happens, it happens and we'll deal with it but I don't think it's an issue," said McNeil.

Head coach Tom Higgins is still confident both injured players will start, allowing him to field the same lineup that thumped Saskatchewan last week.

"I don't think there's any reason to think otherwise," Higgins said. "Jamie practised the whole session and Pilon sat out the whole practice but it's a bruise in the high calf, nothing structurally. We dress seven offensive lineman and should somebody be called upon, they'll have to step in and do what they do best -- work well as a unit."


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