Time for a little Q&A

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

In the midst of a camp that has been as quiet and predictable as a city hall meeting, the Calgary Stampeders will line up against B.C. tonight and start answering some of the biggest questions facing the club this year.

Here are 10 of 'em:

10. Can third-string quarterback David Corley show enough to be the eventual backup for Henry Burris?

Corley could play as much as half the game tonight and, with just five CFL appearances under his belt as a Ticat in 2003, the 26-year-old needs to prove quickly he can grow.

9. Can centre Jamie Crysdale be replaced by Godfrey Ellis?

Last year Ellis got plenty of experience by snapping the ball the majority of the time, adding plenty of experience to the support he should get from his offensive linemates.

8. How will the new FieldTurf affect the o-linemen's pre-game bocce game? And while we're at it, how do you spell bocce/bocci?

7. Can the receiving corps live up to its potential?

"That's really going to be an interesting one," said head coach Tom Higgins.

"When you add the likes of Elijah Thurmon, Scotty Anderson and Darnell McDonald to an already pretty talented receiving corps with Nik Lewis, Jeremaine Copeland and Ken-Yon Rambo, who has had an outstanding training camp ... I can't wait to see what happens."

6. Is Danny McManus capable of executing if called upon and can he help Henry Burris win the big one?

Despite throwing more interceptions than touchdowns the last four seasons, McManus is now surrounded with far more talent than ever before. His ability to read defences and release the ball quickly should make the 40-year-old's task easier. As for the effect he's had on Burris as a mentor and teacher, the coaches and quarterbacks can't say enough about the relationship made in heaven.

5. Can the two young kickers continue to progress?

Kicker Sandro DeAngelis led the league in field goal percentage as a rookie last year and punter Burke Dales spent time at a Virginia camp working on his consistency.

4. Can running back Joffrey Reynolds challenge Willie Burden's team rushing record or win the league rushing title?

Finishing second in the league last year despite injuries, Reynolds pieced together the fifth-best season in Stamps rushing lore. Problem is, he'll have to not only fight off David Allen and playoff star Tony Stallings for carries, he'll also have a bevy of talented receivers hogging the ball.

3. Can the Stampeders pick up where they left off?

Winning seven of eight before collapsing late in the West semifinal, the Stamps' plan to build throughout the 2005 season came together, opening the door for essentially the same roster to dominate this year.

"One thing that has been our mantra is continuity -- what will the continuity do for the ability of the team to come out at a whole different level than it did last year," wondered Higgins.

2. Are the Stampeders going to show up every game?

"Last year, the offence, defence and special teams took turns taking games off," said defensive lineman Rahim Abdullah.

"If we all show up, there's no doubt we'll be one of the best in the league."

1. Are the team's expectations of winning the Grey Cup reasonable?

This one can be answered now: Anything less than the club's sixth title would be a colossal failure.

No pressure boys.


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