Opportunity knocks for Andrew

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Andrew Nowacki caught three times as many balls in the opening quarter last night as he did during his rookie season with the Edmonton Eskimos.

The 23-year-old had one catch in his rookie season for seven yards. Nowacki had three receptions for 27 yards, including a 16-yard effort in the Esks' 29-21 win over the Ottawa Renegades last night.

"We had a couple of guys go down this week and last week and I just tried to make the most of the opportunity," offered the six-foot, 197-pound receiver.

"I'm happy with the way I played. It was tough coming in running on special teams and offence and everything else. The tank was running a little low near the end.

Ed Hervey was sidelined by a hip flexor while rookie import Chris Kelley left the game after suffering damage to the meniscus in his left knee on the second play of the game.

That opened the door for Nowacki, who finished the night with five catches for 43 yards.

"Nowacki did a good job stepping up and filling in," said Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray. "He had quite a few catches tonight."

MORE MOOKIE: Slotback Derrell Mitchell has signed a one-year contract extension with the Esks. Mitchell joins defensive end Rashad Jeanty on the list of players to extend their contracts with the Green and Gold. The extensions are the first of many currently being negotiated by team COO Rick LeLacheur.


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