McCarty makes his mark

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

Calvin McCarty is living proof that the sophomore jinx does not affect everybody.

He had his chance to shine in a marquee role and made the best of it after AJ Harris got injured in the Labour Day game.

McCarty put together a couple of pretty decent outings and was a workhorse against Hamilton 10 days ago.

Then, against Montreal, he was pushed back into a supporting role.

If nothing else, McCarty has shown the coaching staff he can perform at a high level when given a chance.

"I'm back in the role I've been playing," said McCarty. "You have to stay ready when you're number's called.

"I take some pride in what I did. Confidence in myself and knowing that the coaches will have confidence in putting me in there, that I can go out there and perform is a good thing."

Esks head coach Danny Maciocia decided to activate Ron McClendon and save McCarty for special teams duty.

"I wouldn't say I was personally disappointed," said McCarty.

"I'm just disappointed about the way we lost. We didn't come out and play. That was the biggest part.

"That other stuff is out of my hands. I control what I control."

McCarty has put up some decent numbers when he's been given a chance.

He has 34 carries for 248 and a respectable 7.3 yards-per-carry average.

McCarty's also proven to be a dangerous pass catcher out of the backfield, snagging 39 balls for 357 yards an average of 9.2 yards per catch.

And with 11 special teams tackles, he's done his fair share of sticking his nose into the action.

"Until they call my number, there's nothing much I can do except play special teams," said McCarty.

"I've got to stay in the game and be ready for when they put me in and stay focused."

Having had a taste of the spotlight is a good news/bad news type of situation.

"You can't get down and say 'Oh, I'm not playing,' " McCarty said.

"If you have a bad attitude about it and they throw you in, it could be a debacle. It's what I've been doing."


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