Burris says Reynolds a no-brainer for MOP

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:07 AM ET

CALGARY -- As voters go to the polls this weekend, Henry Burris wants to declare the race over.

In the media election of Calgary Stampeders most outstanding player, the reigning Grey Cup MVP said the choice is a no-brainer.

"This is the year of the running back and who is on top: Joffrey Reynolds," Burris said yesterday after a chilly practice session at McMahon Stadium.

"The things he's done to keep our offence going is the reason he should get it."

Since Henry Burris joined the Stamps in 2005, he has been the team's nominee for the award three times. Reynolds took the honours in 2006, and barring an upset should do so again this year.

With 1,691 yards from scrimmage, Reynolds leads the league in that category and is on track for a second straight rushing title.

But at times this season, an argument could be made for a different player to get recognized.

Jeremaine Copeland has two game-winning touchdowns among his 12 majors and he was brilliant in the middle third of the season.

Burris is once again leading a first-place team under the scrutiny that comes with the quarterback position, and he's done it with key injuries to the receiving corps.

So to Reynolds, he's not feeling quite like the favourite just yet.

"It's tough to say," said the 29-yard-old from Tyler, Tex.

"Henry has always been the catalyst and leader of this team. If I had a vote, I would say him."

Reynolds has a 38-yard lead on Winnipeg's Fred Reid for the rushing title, but the Stamps tailback leads in average with 6.4 per carry.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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