Stamps ready for rematch

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

CALGARY - One is anxious to come back.

The rest of ’em are anxious to bounce back.

Besides the return of offensive lineman Edwin Harrison, who will likely start at left tackle after a stint on the nine-game injured list, the Calgary Stampeders are expected to stick with a similar lineup for Friday’s Labour Day Replay against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.

“Not just me but the team, we pride ourselves on (bouncing back),” said embattled Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris, who had his worst statline of the campaign in Monday’s 35-7 loss to the Eskimos in the annual Labour Day Classic. “Guys are walking around today pissed off. Guy are ready just to get out there and play some football.

“We embarrassed ourselves in front our family and our friends, and that’s not the way you want to represent your home base, especially here at Calgary on Labour Day. That was embarrassing. Right now, there are a bunch of guys walking around here with dejected looks on their faces.”

Harrison was one of the guys sporting a smile after Wednesday’s workout at McMahon Stadium.

Although Stamps head coach John Hufnagel hasn’t made an official roster move, the 26-year-old hoggie is fully recovered from a torn triceps muscle and will likely replace struggling freshman Tony

Washington as Henry Burris’ blind-side bodyguard for Friday’s rematch in Edmonton.

Washington has been flagged for five procedure penalties in the past two games and was used as a turnstile by Eskimos defensive end Marcus Howard on a crucial sack and forced fumble on Labour Day.

“I’m ready to run,” Harrison said with a grin. “I’m ready to hit somebody — that’s the biggest thing. I’m ready to go.”

Harrison was the Stamps’ nominee for the CFL Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2010 after a successful season at right tackle.

He was pencilled in as the Stamps’ projected starter on the left side after all-star Ben Archibald bolted to the B.C. Lions as a free agent but ripped his pectoral muscle during an off-season weight-lifting session and has been sidelined ever since.

Instead of working out the kinks in training camp, Harrison held court after Wednesday’s sun-soaked practice session at McMahon Stadium, assuring reporters the switch to the left side is not a problem.

“People keep asking me that. My mother talked to me about it (Tuesday) night,” Harrison said. “The funny thing is, it really is not that big of a deal. I’ve changed position every year since I’ve been playing football. I played every position on the line in Kansas City (in the NFL).

I started out at left tackle. Then, I moved to the left guard. Then, I got some centre work.

I came up here and played right tackle, and now I’m going over to left ...

“You’ve just gotta roll. I’m fully confident.”

Confidence shouldn’t be an issue for the rest of the Stamps’ offence, either, even after an uncharacteristic performance on Labour Day.

Burris finished the rivalry game 13-of-23 for 132 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, plus fumbled twice.

Star slotbacks Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo had their lowest receiving yardage totals of the season.

Running back Joffrey Reynolds averaged a season-low 2.2 yards per carry, counting just 13 yards on six rushing attempts.

Everybody can be better.

“I take it on myself, personally, that I learn from that game,” Burris said. “I don’t want to press the way I did in the third quarter and take better care of the ball, and that’s something I’ve been priding myself on this year. I’m going to go back to just being typical me — just taking what they give us and moving my feet.

“But I know the rest of the guys — they want to play better, as well. And that’s what makes me play better is that all of us are playing well as one.”


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