Smith looks for Hank-like performance

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The last time Akili Smith saw the B.C. Lions up close, he wasn't studying their defence.

Instead, the Calgary Stampeders backup quarterback was just standing back in awe of the man he now has to replace.

During a 45-45 sawoff at McMahon Stadium Aug. 17 that was a CFL classic, Burris threw for three touchdowns and ran for another three, one a dive into the endzone in overtime.

Smith's jaw dropped, but now Burris is injured and he will be the one leading the offence tonight against the Lions at B.C. Place Stadium (8 p.m., CBC).

"I was so amazed at how the offence was playing and how well Hank played," Smith said yesterday upon arriving in Vancouver.

"It was fascinating. If I get anywhere close to where Hank was in that game, we have a really good chance."

The Lions reply tonight with their usual No. 3 pivot Jarious Jackson, who has started four games since Buck Pierce injured his shoulder in the tie in Calgary.

If the Stamps can get production from Smith similar to what B.C. received from Jackson (going 3-1 during that time), they won't fall out of the playoff race as some expect.


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