Golden opportunity waiting for Ebell

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Tyler Ebell couldn't have asked for a better opportunity.

With CFL veterans Ron McClendon and Josh Ranek both nursing hamstring injuries, the rookie running back will be in the spotlight tomorrow night during the final pre-season game at Commonwealth Stadium against the B.C. Lions.

"Yeah, unfortunately a couple of people got hurt, but I just got to step up and handle business and do the job," said Ebell, showing his no-nonsense attitude.

Since Day 1 of main training camp, Ebell has been impressive - quietly going about his job.

Now it has become clear the 24-year-old import has been doing that job with an injured thumb on his right hand.

"Picking up a pass blitz, it just jammed back and popped out and (I) tore something," explained Ebell, who believes he hurt it on the second or third day of camp.

"(I) just tape it up, rub some dirt on it and play some football."

That attitude has clearly put a smile on the face of head coach Danny Maciocia.

"Tyler has impressed us as a coaching staff," said the coach.

"We like him an awful lot.

"He can clearly play in this league. He can do a lot of things. He is really sharp. He understands what we are doing schematically as far as the offence is concerned.

"He is going to have an opportunity to take the bulk of the snaps come Thursday. At the same time it also gives us a chance to take a look at (Calvin) McCarty and see what he can do."


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