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JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Tim St. Pierre is finding his name in print for an unfortunate reason.

The Edmonton Eskimos rookie special teams starter failed to make it on the field last Thursday during Tristan Jackson's 61-yard punt return touchdown against Toronto.

Supposed to be on the field, the rookie failed to take his position in the blocking coverage and left the club one man short.

"You may call it a rookie mistake," said St. Pierre, who was a third-round draft pick this spring.

"Fred (Perry) made a good play the play before on defence, he knocked the ball down and I thought we had a turnover. I saw some of the offence guys jump up and run toward the field.

"It was a big mistake and I noticed it last minute. It was too late (to get on the field)."

While St. Pierre is paying for his mistake by supplying food for the locker room, the non-import does deserve credit for not making a bad situation worse in the third quarter last week.

The 22-year-old Saint Mary's product knew not to run on the field just before the play started because that would have brought a flag - likely negating Jackson's touchdown return.

"I had a good seat to watch it all happen (the punt return touchdown)," quipped St. Pierre, who doubles as a back-up linebacker.

Needless to say, he won't make the same mistake on Sunday, when the Eskimos battle the Toronto Argos at Rogers Centre (2 p.m. MT, CHED, TSN).

"It is one of those things that will only happen once," he explained.


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