Cornish gets kick at returning

IAN BUSBY, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

By his own measure, Jon Cornish might be the sixth or seventh-fastest Stampeders player.

Still, give him the football and things happen.

The Stamps might just do that Friday night in a way he hasn’t been used since his rookie year.

With more roster shuffling expected as the Montreal Alouettes come to town, the Stamps could use the Canadian running back as a second kickoff returner along with specialist Deon Murphy.

“I’ve been thinking they would do this at some point,” Cornish said. “It took a few games longer than I thought.

“It’s something I welcome because it’s more opportunities to get the ball. I’m not sure they will kick it my way. I hope they do.”

Cornish is having a breakout season in his fifth CFL campaign. Getting into the offence every third series, Cornish has 411 yards on 55 carries for a 7.5 yard average, plus he’s caught 10 passes for another 173 yards.

In the past few weeks, the Stamps have used rookie Canadian Johnny Forzani as the second returner with Murphy, but last week Landan Talley was put back there.

Neither player will dress this week, meaning Cornish should get his chance.

“If they kick it away from Murphy, then you are giving it someone else who can run,” Cornish said. “Hopefully this makes the ball end up in his hands more and we can let him do what he does.

“Lately, teams haven’t kicked it to him at all.”

Cornell dreams of catch

The feeling of getting a huge hit on defence or making a key block on offence is neck-and-neck to Mike Cornell. He can’t wait to know what a reception feels like.

“It depends on the play,” said the Stamps fullback/linebacker. “If you make a huge block and you spring a running back or receiver, then it feels just as good as a big hit. Still, big hits are special.

“I’m hoping to get in there and find out this week what a reception is like.”

Cornell is likely to suit up Friday against the Alouettes for just the third time this season. He’s taken some plays at fullback but will be used mostly on special teams coverage.

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