Diedrick ready to contribute for Esks

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

It will be a homecoming of sorts today for Dahrran Diedrick, albeit not in the role he'd like.

The former Cedarbrae Collegiate running back, who had a solid NCAA career as a two-year starter at Nebraska, makes his local debut as a professional in the Canadian Football League when the Eskimos play the Argos at the Rogers Centre.

The 26-year-old last played here in the same stadium (albeit when it was known as the SkyDome) in the final of the 1997 high school championship. Diedrick said yesterday he'll have plenty of family and friends on hand to watch him play.

"It will be a special game for me," he said.

The Eskimos drafted him in 2002 after his first year starting for Nebraska, and he went on to a peripatetic NFL career with stops in San Diego, Green Bay and Washington but never cracked the starting roster for a sustained period. The 6-foot, 225-pounder has carried the ball a few times for the Eskimos, but for the most part has been a backup.

"Obviously I haven't played as much as I've wanted to," he said. "I really thought I'd be getting a lot more snaps, but I've got to let the coaches know what I can do. The better I play the more I'll play, I think."

Diedrick speculated the Eskimos acquired Troy Davis in a multiple-player trade this week from Hamilton to give the team a spark in its bid to try and secure second place in the West. The Eskimos are tied with the Saskatchewan, but have a game in hand.

"Troy will obviously be able to help our team, but I know I can, too," Diedrick said. "I know if I get the opportunity to play I'll be able to help the team win, too. Those are management decisions. All I have to do is go out there and play and when I get my opportunity just play well.

"I just have to wait my time, I guess," he said. "I just hope it's not too long. I'm real confident in my abilities. I know once I get a chance to get out there, that's all I need."


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