Esks' Davis a fast learner

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Troy Davis let his play do the talking.

The media-shy running back begged off from doing interviews following his impressive debut for the Edmonton Eskimos in their 17-13 win over the Argos yesterday at the Rogers Centre.

Acquired earlier in the week from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a multiple-player deal, Davis ran 19 times for 112 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards in his Eskimos debut. Davis made an immediate impression on the Eskimos' first series, carrying the ball four times for 41 yards and catching the ball once for nine yards.

"I would say for the most part we haven't had anything like that in almost two years," Eskimos head coach/offensive co-ordinator Danny Maciocia said. "That's as effective as you're going to get of a running game. Hopefully we can build off of it. I just know one thing: If we can get it going it will make us so much more effective through the air and ultimately that's what we want to do."

Davis' performance yesterday had been reminiscent of many games for the Tiger-Cats in four-and-a-half seasons. Coincidentally, one of his best games this year came against the Eskimos last month when he had more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The Tiger-Cats, who are last in the league, dealt him because they were having a hard time re-signing him. The Eskimos needed a dependable running back after auditioning various candidates this season. Maciocia said Davis impressed him with his ability to pick up the offence in only three days.

"I said (to the other coaches), 'There's no way a guy can come in here on three days work and be able to line up and do the things that we expect our tailback to do,' but he had an amazing three days," Maciocia said. "Every question I asked him he had an answer for. He convinced me and we lined him up out there and let him go."

Eskimo quarterback Ricky Ray praised Davis and the offensive line.

"Man, did we run the football really well," Ray said. "It all starts up front. They were doing a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage and Troy was doing a good job of making his reads and getting a lot of yardage."


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