Winkel hoping for that big break

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Jarred Winkel had a decision to make at the start of the football season.

The 25-year-old running back could return to the University of Alberta or join the Edmonton Eskimos practice squad.

He chose the latter. And tomorrow when the Eskimos host the Saskatchewan Roughriders,

Winkel hopes to finally get a pro carry.

"It's definitely something you look forward all year to doing," Winkel said. "If I get to play some running back it would be great. It's one of those things that whatever happens, happens, but it would be nice to carry the rock a couple of times."

With Ron McClendon getting the start in place of Troy Davis in the backfield and Mike Bradley out injured, Winkel could get his shot.

"If the opportunity presents itself we'll give Jarred a look," Maciocia suggested.

"The fact that he's on the roster ... he has done everything that we've asked him to do."

McClendon stars

Ron McClendon was named the CFL's offensive player of the week yesterday.

McClendon rushed for 198 yards on 25 carries with a TD in the Eskimos win over the Alouettes on Saturday.

Rookie defensive end Brandon Guillory was given lineman of the week honours.


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