This corner catches on!

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

If the Edmonton Eskimos are in dire need of an emergency replacement at receiver during a game this season, defensive back Jason Goss should be given a shot.

After making a stellar interception in Winnipeg last week - tipping the ball up in the air, turning his body and making the catch with his feet in bounds - Goss has revealed his true football background.

"I was a receiver in high school. I got recruited as a receiver going into college," said Goss, before listing off some very impressive schools.

'RECRUITED'

"I was recruited at one point in time by Nebraska, Colorado. And then I got recruited by Hawaii and actually I was going to go there but then I wanted to stay close to home and went to TCU."

But the Fort Worth native was given a very interesting choice soon after camp started at Texas Christian University.

"I played maybe two weeks into camp and then once a lot of corners started getting hurt, it was my choice to move to corner or stay receiver," remembered Goss.

"So I made the choice to move to corner."

It was a pretty good choice because Goss was able to parlay his new position into a spot on the Arizona Cardinals roster for a few games in 2003 before coming to the CFL.

The past experience as a receiver, though, doesn't surprise Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia, though.

In fact, he actually thought that was the case.

"He has good understanding of (offensive) routes," said the coach. "He reads routes really well. That leads me to believe that he has probably played receiver along the way some place."

The fact that Goss is making news is a good thing for Edmonton because through the first couple of weeks of the regular season, the four-year CFL veteran had been nearly invisible.

The Green and Gold paid a big price to get Goss - trading the rights to quarterback Timmy Chang, a second-round pick, receiver Richard Alston and receiver Nicolas Bisaillon - to get him from Hamilton in February.

But the 27-year-old import didn't start Week 1 of the regular season.

"It does hurt when you are not starting but I am a team player," said Goss, who didn't open his mouth and become a distraction.

He started the last two weeks - and with Jonte Buhl potentially being out for the season with a broken right wrist, Goss could be a vital cog in the secondary the rest of the season.

And he has no regrets about switching positions in college, turning his back on being an offensive playmaker.

"I like corner (better). I like playing defence. You pretty much make your own plays," he said. "If you play receiver, you have to wait until the quarterback throws you the ball to actually make a play.

"(On) defence you tackle, cause fumbles."

KNOCK THE BALL

Or knock the ball out of the air in the final seconds, like he did against Terrence Edwards in the end zone last Friday on the last play of the game to ensure Edmonton won.

"Once I saw the ball in the air, I am not going to lie, I had a big smile on my face," he remembered.

His play brought smiles all around on the Eskimo sideline.


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