McCarty making his mark

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

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Sophomore jinx?

What sophomore jinx?

Calvin McCarty continues to make the most of his chances in solidifying his future as a valuable pro football player.

For the second time in three weeks, McCarty was called on to be the Esks featured running back and for the second time he delivered.

SPARKING

McCarty was the guy who caught that 19-yard pass on the faked punt from Noel Prefontaine against Winnipeg on Saturday - a play that's being credited for sparking the team's second-quarter outburst.

When he was kept out of the spotlight the previous week in Winnipeg, McCarty knew he'd have another chance to show his stuff.

On Saturday, he finished with 168 combined yards on 27 touches, giving head coach Danny Maciocia a viable alternative in the weekly numbers game.

The fact he's Canadian can't hurt his cause.

"That's a fourth-round pick (2007, Western Washington) who's now our featured running back," said Maciocia.

"That may worry a few people out there if you coach for a living. But, he's done everything we've asked him to do ... whether it's carrying the football, whether it's coming out of the backfield, whether it's running fake punts, whether it's covering kicks."

Maciocia worries about overloading the 23-year-old out of Surrey, B.C.

CAREFUL

"We've got to be careful now,' said Maciocia. "This is only his second year and we're asking him to do quite a bit. We just want to be smart with how we handle him. You don't want to burn the kid out."

Even though he's now put himself in the running as the Esks nominee for the CFL's Canadian player of the year, McCarty remains humble about his role.

"It's what I signed up for," said McCarty. "That's just your ticket to the league. Fourth-round, whatever, I can't change that. Just come out and work hard."


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