'Keep your head on a swivel' Esks receivers told

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

REGINA -- Saskatchewan Roughrider Scott Schultz has a simple message for Edmonton Eskimo receivers: "Keep your head on a swivel."

Schultz is warning the Eskimos about Rider safety Scott Gordon, who is gaining a reputation for being a punishing hitter.

Gordon is cleaning clocks, ringing bells and making receivers see stars.

He hit D.J. Flick so hard in Week 2 in Hamilton that the 2004 CFL all-star was on the ground for nearly 15 minutes before being carted away on a stretcher.

In Week 7, he knocked Ben Cahoon - Montreal's top receiver - out of the game and out of the lineup for six weeks with a fractured wrist and elbow.

"I caught him coming across the middle," said Gordon, a 28-year-old Ottawa native. "I read his break and came downhill on it. Unfortunately he got hurt, but it does feel good to give a receiver a nice licking."

KIND OF KICKING AROUND

The punishments continued last week in Winnipeg when he hit Keith Stokes.

"I didn't think he was going to get up," recalled Gordon. "I looked down and he was kind of kicking around, but thankfully he got up."

A four-year veteran in Regina, this is Gordon's first year as starting safety, replacing Darnell Edwards.

"Once he got on the field this year, he made everybody his enemy," said Rider defensive back Omarr Morgan.

"I don't care if you are on the same team. If you are around when he's coming, you better get out of the way because he'll hit you, too."

Rider defensive halfback Eddie Davis learned that the hard way last week.

"I'll tell you how hard he hits," said Davis. "It was the third play of the game last week against Winnipeg, and I was coming to hit (Milt) Stegall myself; Scott missed him and hit me and about knocked me silly for the whole first half."

"He's a killer out there.

"Any time you come across his zone, you better keep your head up because Scott is headhunting out there."

The Eskimos have the top two receivers in the league with Jason Tucker and Derrell Mitchell - but neither seems too concerned.

POLITE BUT BLUNT

Tucker was polite but rather blunt when questioned about Gordon yesterday after arriving in Regina.

"This is the first I have heard of Scott Gordon," said Tucker.

Gordon is hoping to introduce himself today in the middle of a pass route.


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