Stamps turn to Talley again with Rambo out

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

CALGARY - It was Landan Talley’s own instalment of Catch Me If You Can.

B.C. Lions halfback Tad Kornegay couldn’t.

During the third quarter of last week’s loss to the Lions, the Calgary Stampeders speedster accepted a deep pass and sprinted 81 yards for the longest touchdown romp of his professional pigskin career.

“When I caught it and I saw where the defender was and I turned and started running, I said, ‘No, I am not letting this man catch me,’ ” Talley recalled after Wednesday’s practice at McMahon Stadium. “As soon as I caught it and turned around, I just left. I just took off. I almost fell when I got to the endzone, but it’s alright. I was able to gather myself and put it in for the touchdown.

“It was something worth seeing, you know?”

It was noteworthy for another reason, too.

Among all CFL receivers with more than one grab this season, Talley is suddenly tops with an average of 20.8 yards per catch. Thanks to his 81-yard dash at B.C. Place Stadium, the 24-year-old has a total of eight receptions for 166 yards, including two majors.

“I did not know that stat,” Talley admitted. “That’s something new to me, but let’s keep it moving then. I like it.”

Talley will have an opportunity to improve on his impressive average during Friday’s road date with the Toronto Argonauts (5:30 p.m., TSN, QR77).

Stamps slotback Ken-Yon Rambo wasn’t able to participate in Wednesday’s practice session and will skip a second consecutive game due to a nagging Achilles injury. It will mark Talley’s third start of his sophomore season, all in relief of Rambo.

“(Talley) is a very quick, fast, athletic receiver that does stretch the field. He does an excellent job of his assignments, and he has made some plays for us,” Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said. “The more Landan gets to play for us, the better a football player he’s going to become.”

Stamps defensive end Charleston Hughes (leg), coverage linebacker Brandon Isaac (leg) and left guard Steve Myddelton (hamstring) will also miss Thursday’s flight.

Meanwhile, slotback Nik Lewis is fighting the flu bug and was once again a no-show at Wednesday’s practice. Calgary’s only 1,000-yard receiver will make the trip to Toronto, and Stamps quarterback Henry Burris figures he knows the perfect cure to ensure his most reliable target is able to suit up for Friday’s game.

“Hot Toddy,” Burris suggested with a smile. “A little bourbon, a little honeysuckle, put some lemon in there and boil it up. That should get him correct. But I think Mama Nik is already on the phone giving him the recipe.”


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