Stampeders 'D' wary of Hank

Stampeders LB Juwan Simpson

Stampeders LB Juwan Simpson "rallying the troops in a recent game against the Riders" knows firsthand what Henry Burris is capable of. Photo by Jim Wells/Calgary Sun.

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

CALGARY - Henry Burris has opened some eyes this season.

But none of them are in the Stamps dressing room.

Stamps defenders are quite familiar with their former quarterback.

And none of them are surprised Smilin’ Hank has ripped apart the league early this season in Hamilton.

“No, not at all,” said 6-foot-3, 314-lb. defensive lineman Torrey Davis.

“He’s really the first professional quarterback I ever played with.

“When he’s on, he’s on.”

Burris has certainly been on through the first five games, piling up 15 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Linebacker Juwan Simpson, who is tied for the team lead with 22 tackles, spent the past four seasons with Burris.

He said the pivot’s struggles in 2011, when Burris lost the starting gig to Drew Tate, make this year’s performance appear that much better.

“He had a rough year last year,” Simpson said. “This year has been better for him and that’s going to gain him more attention and confidence.

“He’s having a good year. But Hank’s always been a good quarterback.

“Everything he’s doing now, we’ve always known he was capable of doing it.”

No defence has been able to shut Burris down yet. Simpson is more concerned with limiting the damage.

“We have to go out and play assignment football,” he said. “We know he’s going to make some plays.

“We have to fight through that adversity and play through it.

“But he’s a tough quarterback. It won’t be a walk in the park.”

No, it won’t.

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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