Wins a rush for Stamps' Reynolds

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:05 PM ET

Two-time CFL rushing champion Joffrey Reynolds is fifth in the league in yardage after one-third of the 2010 season.

But the only five on the mind of the Calgary Stampeders rusher is the 5-1 record his team has compiled.

“Five-and-one is the greatest concern,” Reynolds said after Wednesday’s practice.

“We’re doing what it takes to win ... I think every other back in the league is having an outstanding start to the season. I’m happy to be 5-1 and at the top of the West (Division).”

The numbers bear out Reynolds’ words.

The 448 yards he’s collected through the first six games would average out to nearly 1,350 yards on the season at this pace, so it’s not like he’s on the way to a dismal total.

Should Toronto’s Cory Boyd continue his torrid clip, he’d end up with 1,944 yards.

Still, all that isn’t to say Reynolds wouldn’t love more carries.

“Don’t get me wrong, I would love to get the ball as much as I can,” Reynolds said.

“If I could get the ball 25 times a game, I would take it. But I’ve found playing the amount of years I’ve played here, whether you start out fast or start out slow, it’s a long season.

“When you get the opportunities, you have to make the most of them. That’s my approach to it.”

Reynolds has made a career of doing just that. The 30-year-old Texan, who’s compiled 7,984 yards over his career,

needs 308 yards to tie Kelvin Anderson for top spot on the Stampeders’ all-time list.

It’s a milestone he could reach within the month — likely during the Labour Day home-and-home series with the Edmonton Eskimos — however, the return of big o-lineman Dimitri Tsoumpas could speed up that process.

“He has to get the chemistry with the offensive line, knock some rust off, and I think we’ll be that much stronger,” Reynolds said. “At the same time, I think Steve Myddelton filled in and did a great job for us.”

So Reynolds isn’t pinning his current No.-5 ranking on the CFL rushing chart on the offensive line, which came into the season with so much uncertainty?

“I definitely don’t,” he said. “I know at the beginning of the season, there were a lot of questions: Who was gonna start? Were they too old? Too young? Blah, blah, blah. Hey, you’re not 5-1 without a good offensive line or a good defensive line.”

Actually, the club’s desire to give Jon Cornish more carries has been as much a factor as anything, since Cornish has rushed 18 times for 130 yards.

When the weather turns colder, you can bet Reynolds’ number is called more often.

“I hope so. I’m in the mindframe, we’re doing what it takes to win. As in any sport, if you’re winning, everything’s fine. If you start losing, then people find what’s good or bad,” Reynolds said. “I’m just looking forward to doing what I’m called to do right now, and keep winning.”

Which, in the future, will likely mean more handoffs from QB Henry Burris.

“We’ll see. I’d have to kill you if I gave you that information,” joked Burris. “Even though I know Joffrey wants the ball more times — he wants the ball in his hands every play, trust me — but he’s a team guy and all he wants to do is win.

“A lot of people talk about stats in this league, but one thing about this team is we don’t care about stats. The only stat that’s of any concern to us is the win-loss record.”

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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