Coach fills out 5th lineup for 5th game

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

There's a lot to be said for consistency.

Edmonton Eskimos rookie head coach Danny Maciocia won't argue that.

As the Esks wade into Ottawa for their Week 5 date with the Renegades tomorrow night, Maciocia will be fielding his fifth different lineup of the season.

There have been fresh faces on the 40-man roster in each of the first four weeks and this week will be no different.

The Esks will be without cornerback Davis Sanchez and Ed Hervey at Frank Clair Stadium tomorrow. Sanchez is out with a hamstring injury while Hervey suffered a hip flexor in last week's victory over Winnipeg.

"It's an 18-game schedule and it's going to happen during the course of the year," said Maciocia. "Before I start complaining, take a look at what's going on in Saskatchewan. There are worse situations to contend with out there."

Because of the heat wave and humidity in the nation's capital Maciocia replaced Sanchez on the roster with defensive tackle Clinton Wayne in a straight-up switch of non-imports to keep his troops on the defensive front fresh.

Gerald Dixon assumes a starting role in the secondary and will be used either on the corner or at halfback. Defensive back Keyuo Craver replaces Hervey on the roster.

"I won't play a man short in the secondary," said Maciocia.

TAKE A BOW: Esks returner Tony Tompkins earned CFL special teams player of the week honours for his performance against Winnipeg.

The 22-year-old returned eight punts for 140 yards, including an 80-yarder.

Tompkins also ran back a pair of kickoffs for 67 yards.

With two games under his belt, the five-foot-eight, 165-pound returner is getting a feel for the Canadian game.

"After going through the pre-season games and learning all the rules, I'm feeling real comfortable now," said Tompkins, who returned a punt 93 yards for a TD against Montreal in Week 3.

LATE HITS: Former Esks linebacker Terry Ray has landed a job in the Washington Redskins' player personnel department.


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