Catch me if you can

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Ed Hervey still has his blazing speed, even though very few people see it anymore.

He is now facing questions about the state of his legs, as his 2006 resume shows just one reception of more than 30 yards this season after tearing the MCL in his right knee last summer.

But the veteran receiver yesterday tried to quash any suggestion yesterday that he has lost a step. "I can still get behind anyone," said Hervey. "We are not throwing it down the field (in games) to see it and it's natural for people to say: 'Maybe he is hurt or maybe can't do it.'

"But in practice we do it all of the time.

"We take those shots - but we don't do it in the game, which is letting you know that teams aren't giving us that. And that is the biggest testament to whether I can still run or not because there is still a deep safety over there (on the field)."

The former track star at USC, Hervey is still wearing a brace this year, but there is nothing wrong with the right knee.

"I have taken numerous shots already this season on the knee and I am still here," he said. "In my mind, the knee is 100%."

The 33-year-old import wideout is third on the club with 35 receptions for 359 yards, meaning he's on pace for 810 yards this year.

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The quarterback was a six-time CFL MVP who's regarded as one of the league's best ever. The receiver has accumulated more yards than any other ever to play in Canada.

So, it's only fitting that quarterback Doug Flutie and slotback Allen Pitts were tabbed the Calgary Stampeders' top passing tandem and the final duo named yesterday as part of the Greatest Quarterback/Receiver Connections in CFL History event.


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