Return TD drought spurring Talley on

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

CALGARY - In nine regular-season dates at McMahon Stadium, Calgary Stampeders supporters witnessed three kick return touchdowns.

Problem is, none were scored by the homeside.

The Stamps haven't hit paydirt on the road, either.

Heading into Friday's meaningless meeting with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, rookie burner Landan Talley is anxious to end the dry-spell.

"All I need is that one chance. When I find that hole, I have to make sure I hit it," Talley said.

"When it comes to the return game, they're looking for that explosiveness."

Other teams have had success unearthing special-teams standouts.

During Calgary's home victory over Hamilton last week, Tiger-Cats terror Marcus Thigpen returned a missed field goal for a major.

Edmonton Eskimos speedster Kelly Campbell and Toronto Argonauts ace Chad Owens have also had return touchdowns at McMahon this season, while B.C. Lions star Yonus Davis tripped on what could have been a punt runback.

Searching for a spark, the Stamps inserted Talley for Friday's matchup with the Ticats and the 23-year-old racked up 77 yards on four kickoffs and 43 yards on five punt returns.

Talley admits he's trying to learn from watching the likes of Thigpen and Davis in action.

"Watching those guys, they're explosive. Very

explosive. I'm just trying to key in and see what they're doing when it comes to reading the holes and everything."

EXTRA POINTS

DT Miguel Robede (concussion) was running on the sidelines during Monday's session and seems to be making progress ... DB Milt Collins (shoulder) missed practice. FB Mike Cornell and OL Rob Lazeo were also spectators.


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