Punt returner anxious to field his duties

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

REGINA -- Markus Howell finds sitting out just as annoying as seeing an opposing team's punt sail out of bounds.

So the Calgary Stampeders receiver was wearing a big smile yesterday while surveying the new turf at Mosaic Stadium. Howell will return to the lineup tonight after missing the season opener with a foot injury.

If there was one area the Stamps could improve from their win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, it would be their punt-return game. Ken-Yon Rambo field six punts for only 13 yards total, but the receiver was busy on offence.

Howell should have fresh legs tonight and hopes to put the offence in good field position with a couple of long returns.

"It will happen if we keep plugging away," Howell said. "Rambo did a great job fielding the ball, but it was our first time in a real game for the punt return guys.

"It was solid, but we'll get better. If we keep hitting the average, they will eventually start to pop."

The last time Howell faced the Roughriders, he managed two long returns in the playoff loss last year -- one of which went for a touchdown.

"Saskatchewan will be ready because they know what we have in terms of personnel," Howell said. "I'm sure they've been watching the film this week trying to not let it happen again."

HUNTING OUT STAMPS

When Reggie Hunt called out Jeremaine Copeland and Nik Lewis, he wasn't trying to get in their heads.

Hunt said he was sick of hearing the two receivers yammer on after making five-yard receptions.


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