Hughes having sudden impact

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

Just two games back from an NFL tryout, Charleston Hughes has already taken the lead in the Calgary Stampeders sack race among active players.

At his pace, the CFL lead isn't out of his reach.

The defensive end has two sacks in each of his two starts, which puts him ahead of everyone but the traded Odell Willis for the team lead.

B.C. Lions defensive lineman Ricky Foley and Montreal Alouettes defensive end John Bowman are tied for the league lead with nine apiece.

Hughes should at least hit double digits with six games remaining.

"That's what I'm shooting for right now," Hughes said. "Right now, I have to keep it going. With Mike Labinjo coming back, hopefully I get more one-on-ones."

Hughes tied for the Stamps' lead with five sacks last year with Labinjo and Miguel Robede. He was second on the team with 66 tackles, which was tops among defensive linemen in the CFL, even one more than B.C. Lions sackmaster Cam Wake.

When Hughes came back from the Philadelphia Eagles, he felt much improved. The numbers bear that out.

"I think I'm a lot better than I was last year because I didn't know what to expect," Hughes said. "I just went out and played. I know what to expect now and I feel a lot more comfortable.

"I haven't had 12 games of getting beat up, but I haven't had an off-season. I went from one season to the next. I went from the Grey Cup to mini-camps with Philly. There was no real off-season. I'm in great shape now though."


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