Buddies ready to battle

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

The game within the game will likely be a little strange for Edmonton Eskimos' defensive back Omarr Morgan tonight against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Green and Gold's top cornerback will be battling former teammate Matt Dominguez.

"I used to go to Matt's (Dominquez's) house and hang out with him and little Matt and his wife," said Morgan, who came to Edmonton this off-season from the Riders.

"But I am an Eskimo (now) and he is a Roughrider."

It should be a fun battle to watch, with Dominguez believing he has a little bit of the advantage.

"I'd like to think (I have the advantage) because I know where I am going (in my route)," said the receiver.

But as much as size would appear to be a factor - Dominguez is 6'3" while Morgan is 5'9" - that doesn't seem to be the case.

"He plays smart - and all the best guys do," continued Dominguez.

"They are always anticipating and using their brain."

WAITING FOR WORD: It is almost comical - the daily quest to figure out if Jason Tucker (knee/thigh injury) and T.J. Acree (foot injury) will play for the Esks tonight.

Whispers suggest Acree will play in the Edmonton receiving core.

Tucker continues to play his cards rather coyly.

"I am having a blast with it," he said of his answers to the media this week.

"We will see (if I play).

"It's a game-time decision."

If Tucker and Acree don't play, Fred Stamps and Tyler Ebell join the active roster.

If only one can play, Stamps will come on the field with Ebell remaining on the four-man reserve list.

LIFE IS BETTER: When Kent Austin left Regina as a player after the 1993 season, he wasn't exactly popular.

Rider fans lined up to smash a car at Taylor Field with Austin's name on it.

But life has drastically improved for Austin in his first year as Riders head coach.

"A lot of time has passed. That was a long time ago," said Austin.

"I got inducted into the Plaza of Honour (the Rider hall of fame) and that healed some of the wounds.

"Time has a way of taking care of things.

"I'm older, more mature.

"We felt - as a family - that this was the right move for us.

"What better place to try to win a championship than Saskatchewan, where I played and won a championship (in 1989)?

"I understand that there probably are still some pockets out there that might still be bitter.

"But my experience (in Regina this time) has been just the opposite."

Austin was the Grey Cup MVP in the 1989 victory for the Riders. He left Regina to join the B.C. Lions in 1994.


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