Centre of coach's attention

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

Godfrey Ellis crouched down a few feet away from head coach Tom Higgins, gently shotgun-snapping footballs following yesterday's practice.

The rookie looked like someone lobbying for a new job, just in case the Calgary Stampeders head coach didn't notice him earlier.

During most of the team drills, Ellis took Jamie Crysdale's spot at centre while the veteran was getting treatment on his ailing knee.

Crysdale isn't expected to miss Saturday's game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m.) but that didn't stop Ellis from preparing just in case.

He insists the extra work wasn't to catch Higgins' eye, just to practice with fellow lineman Kyler Jukes.

"Right now, snapping the ball is tough," said Ellis, who played two games filling in for Alexandre Gauthier at left tackle.

"The footwork is similar within all the positions. The centre is the biggest adjustment because you have to do all the same things as the other positions but snap the ball at the same time.

"It will be all right. it's all coming to me slowly but centre is the toughest so far."

EXTRA POINTS: WR Mike Juhasz went down late in practice yesterday with a calf injury. Head coach Tom Higgins said he didn't believe the injury was serious and shouldn't keep Juhasz from playing his key role holding for field goals ... B.C RB Antonio Warren was named offensive player of the week after compiling 201 yards rushing and receiving with a TD against Calgary. Ottawa DB Korey Banks is the defensive player of the week, Edmonton DL Rashad Jeanty the top lineman, while Toronto K Noel Prefontaine took special teams honours.


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