Jackson stoked about facing pal

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

Chris Jackson is eager to play against the Montreal Alouettes, hoping to take a Chip off the ol' Cox.

The Calgary Stampeders receiver desperately wants to line up against college pal Chip Cox, who has played the past two seasons for the Montreal Alouettes and established himself as a bit of a ball hawk.

Although the Als defensive back is tough to find space against, the rookie Jackson wants to give it a try Thursday night when the 1-1 Stamps meet the 2-0 Alouettes.

"I'm really anxious to go," said Jackson, who went to Ohio with Cox between 2002 and '05 before transferring to Millsaps College.

"I want to face him. Chip is a real good player. I hope I get the opportunity, and we'll see how it goes from there."

After the season-opener against the B.C. Lions in which Jackson caught two passes for 28 yards, including his first CFL touchdown, some roster juggling meant the import receiver was scratched against the Edmonton Eskimos last Thursday.

If the Stamps so choose, Jackson could get back in action this week, and he's eager to improve. There were a couple of passes Jackson had thrown his way but didn't catch against the Lions.

"I'm just trying to get used to the different schemes coach Huf is setting for us," Jackson said about John Hufnagel's decision.

"When it's my turn to play, I will perform."

READY TO KICK IT UP

By his own admission, Burke Dales is off to a slow start in punting for the Stampeders.

Dales sits last in the league with a 43.7-yard average, although the Stamps are trying to hit certain areas and numbers aren't the only gauge. But Dales has also punted too much toward the middle of the field and had a couple of short boots.

"I'm trying to stay positive and stay focused," said the fourth-year Stampeder. "Stats aren't everything. There's a lot more to punting than gross average. There's a few punters who will blast balls through the endzone to add to their net. I'm feeling confident going into the next game, so I'm going to be focused."

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps have added Canadian WR Greg Hetherington back to the practice roster. Hetherington was released after training camp after battling through a rib injury but was running scout-team routes yesterday ... Canadian SB Teyo Johnson has taken reps and could be added to the roster for his first CFL action this week.


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