Backs have few major differences

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

The numbers unmistakably point to Joffrey Reynolds as the CFL's best running back.

Through eight games, the Calgary Stampeders workhorse has posted a league-leading 760 yards rushing and a seven-yard average.

Despite those lofty stats, Reynolds' resume this season is a little thin in one area -- touchdowns.

The Stamps' schizophrenic attack has allowed Reynolds to find the endzone on two occasions in eight games.

Conversely, the consistent Montreal Alouettes, tonight's McMahon Stadium guests, have posted more modest rushing totals.

Running back Robert Edwards has collected 571 yards for a 5.4-yard average yet the second-year tailback has found paydirt 10 times in seven contests, including seven rushing TDs.

"As a running back, when you get down near the goal-line, you want your number called and his offensive line has done well for him," Reynolds said after yesterday's walk-through, tipping his hat to Edwards' fine season.

"I wish I could have a few more touchdowns but we're still learning right now as an offence and as long as we get it in, it doesn't really matter. When it comes to touchdowns, you can't be egotistical."

Edwards' 10 TDs is on pace to not only eclipse the Alouettes' half-century-old team record of 20, set by Pat Abbruzzi, but also Milt Stegall's CFL mark of 23 established in 2002.

He has clearly become Anthony Calvillo's go-to guy in the red zone, although the Als quarterback expects even more production.

"We've won seven games with the way our offence has been performing," Calvillo said yesterday after arriving in Calgary.

"It's not up to our standard in the past. That's what's exciting. We know we have a lot more potential and the fact we're 7-0 and can improve is exciting."

Reynolds enjoys the challenge posed by the Alouettes defence, which is second-best in the league in stopping the run, allowing an average of 61 yards rushing per game.

"They give you so many different looks," Reynolds said.

"It's hard to get a true read on them. If you see something you have to try to get there fast."


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