Look out, Ricky!

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Ricky Ray, if he stays healthy ...

Let me start this again.

Ricky Ray, IF he stays healthy, is going to set some records. All sorts of records. Maybe, if he gets to the Calgary Stampeders secondary tonight, all the records.

Normally, this is something to be celebrated. Normally, this would be time to begin some kind of countdown. On the other hand, does he really want the records?

I mean, you can almost see him sitting in the old rocking chair years from now, his great grandson on his knee, asking him about his great year back at the turn of the century in ought five. "Oh, that year," you can hear Ricky Ray say. "That was the year we didn't have a running game. And that was the year of the 'Look out' block."

"What's a 'look out' block, great grandpa?'

"That's when the offensive linemen yell 'Look Out!' after every play."

Ray goes against the Stampeders tonight trying to get to the major mismatch that is the Calgary secondary vs. the Edmonton receivers -- something he didn't manage to do in noisy McMahon Stadium on Labour Day.

He's on pace to smash Warren Moon's Eskimo records from '83, Doug Flutie's CFL completion record from '91 and Kent Austin's attempts record from '92.

NO CHOICE

Moon has the Eskimo record for most passes thrown at 664. Ray has 442 so far. He needs to average 27 a game. He has no choice but to throw that many. He hasn't had a game when he's thrown less than 30. Moon completed 380. Ray has 277 with eight games to go.

That's an average of 12.8 per game. He might complete that many to Jason Tucker alone. Moon passed for 5,648 yards. Ray has 3,508 and needs to average 267.5 yards per game to get that one. Ray's lowest total for any game this year has been 233.

Then there are the CFL records. He'd have to average 388.8 yards passing a game to equal Flutie's total of 6,619, and that might be tough. But Ray needs an average of only 23.6 completions to get Flutie's CFL record and to average only 44.75 attempts to get Austin's.

"I've heard people start to talk about some of that but I haven't started to think about any of that," said Ray. "If we come up with a running game and I throw 15 times a game for the rest of the year and we win, I don't care.

"I'm certainly not going into games thinking 'Gee, I'd like to do that.' That said, Warren Moon and Doug Flutie are two of the best quarterbacks who ever played in this league and the thing about both is that they won the big games.

NOT KEEPING TRACK

"They'd be cool records to have. It would be neat to get records that Warren Moon and Doug Flutie have because, well, they're records that Warren Moon and Doug Flutie have.

"If you come to me before the last game and say 'You need this many and that many' it might be interesting. But I'm not keeping track or anything like that."

Ray admits the numbers represent the way it is with the Eskimos right now. "Right now we're a one-dimensional team. We need to run the ball better. We need to give our offensive line more chances to fire off the line instead of pass-blocking every play. But we're 7-3 and playing pretty well. As long as we keep winning."

Getting to the inexperience and mismatches in the Calgary secondary tonight is going to be interesting.

"They're dropping nine guys into coverage. We've looked at the film to look for a way to get more deep shots. But they have two high safeties 30 yards back there. They're not stupid.

"They're not going to play into our hands. And it's going to be interesting to see what they do in this one. They lost the last one. They're going to make adjustments. It'll be interesting to see what they're going to do to us."

As for the hits, Ray says he's going to keep taking them and try to keep on ticking.

"It's not something I think about."

Coach Danny Maciocia does.

"We don't want to see him on his back."

One thing about it, if Ray does get those records, nobody should devalue them. He's paying the price.


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