George draws back in

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

VANCOUVER — Tearrius George is getting a second chance at making a first-string impression.

A healthy scratch the past two weeks, the defensive lineman draws back into the Calgary Stampeders lineup Saturday against the B.C. Lions to replace the injured Charleston Hughes (hamstring).

George, who was sat down after Week 3 for newcomer Robert McCune, took the benching as a sign he needed to work harder to get back.

Now he’s getting a chance due to injury, and he realizes the spotlight will be on him when it comes to evaluations.

“It’s always my mindset to make an impact, but I have to take care of my duties,” George said. “I want to show them I may have been out two weeks but I still know what I’m doing. I can keep up the pace and make something happen. I have to go out there and give them a reason to say they should keep me out there.”

George came back to the Stamps last season from a two-year NFL stint that followed a fine rookie campaign in 2007.

He and Hughes arrived at the same time, but George didn't find his previous form much last season.

Smith facing friend

DB Brandon Smith didn’t mind sitting out a game to rest an injured groin, but he truly wants to face the B.C. Lions.

It will be the first time since high school the Stampeders defensive back will play against childhood friend

RB Yonus Davis. And the Stamps will need someone who knows how to corral the Lions returner. Davis took a punt back for a TD last week.

Smith and Davis played little-league football together from the age of seven before splitting and going to different high schools.

"It's pretty cool — We're psyched for this one," said Smith, who grew up with Davis in Oakland. "I haven't tackled Yonus since high school. We'll see what happens if the opportunity presents itself."

’Backer where he belongs

LB Mike Cornell finally felt right at home this week. Although the University of Ottawa product spent the first two months of this season as a fullback, he was moved to defence because of the injury to DL Justin Phillips.

Cornell was a linebacker in college, and he will make CFL debut against the Lions playing mostly special teams.

"It was tough doing double-duty," said Cornell, who is a backup fullback as well. "If I could play six different positions that would add to my value to the team, I'm willing to do whatever — even kicker."

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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