Feelin' right, Ricky?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

If Ricky Ray has lost his confidence, he has until Sunday to find it.

"I wouldn't say it's 100%," said Ray.

"I think I can go out there and get it done. I think I can win the game. I think I'll go out there and do good things. I intend to go out there and play smart football. I've been successful in winning 11 games."

A BIG THING

One of the big things in finding his confidence in time for kickoff in the Western final Sunday afternoon in B.C. Place is Danny Maciocia and the Edmonton Eskimos showing the confidence in naming him starter early in the week.

"I think it's big to make the decision and put it to bed and not hear about it all week," he said of the quarterback controversy.

"You make it and you live with it," he added. "I like it better not being a game-time decision. I don't think that's fair."

Ray said he can't say enough about how Jason Maas has handled himself through all of this.

ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY

"He's always been like this," he said of the character Maas has shown in supporting Ray through his struggles.

Ray set a CFL record with 430 pass completions this year on a team record 549 attempts for a total of 5,055 yards. He had 25 touchdown passes against 20 interceptions.

In the semifinal Ray was 12 for 21 for 57.1% before Jason Maas came in to start the second half and went 15 for 18 and 83.3%.

Ray said the Eskimos offence has to go into this game thinking two things.

"Letas not turn the ball over offensively. And let's rely on our defence."

He says he knows he has to get the ball into the endzone. It's now or never.

"We can't keep settling for field goals."

Ray says he also knows he has to get it done early. Not so much because B.C. starter Dave Dickenson will both be on a very short leash this week, but because the situation demands it.

"It's going to be a little bit louder indoors," he said. "You want to do some things early to quiet the crowd."


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