Maas proving versatile for Esks

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 PM ET

EDMONTON - The more a player can do, the more valuable he becomes.

With the CFLs small rosters, versatility often mean longevity.

Quarterback Jason Maas not only provides valuable veteran backup to starter Ricky Ray, but hes resumed a role hes played most of his career.

Maas was out on the field long after the rest of the team left, holding the ball while the field goal kickers did their thing.

I held for Sean Fleming the first six years of my career and it got to the point where you just werent thinking about it when you got out there, said Maas.

The arrival of left-footed kicker Noel Prefontaine was a different matter.

When Pre (Noel Prefontaine) came, obviously changing over, its a big transition, said Maas.

Pre is pretty particular how he likes the ball on the tee, so there was some getting used to that as well.

Maas found himself watching the kicking unit until he got his old job back midway through the year.

Obviously, I didnt do so well at last camp, but midway through the year, they decided to change it. Id worked at it during the year and got more comfortable.

Now, Maas is at the point where hes getting used to the rhythm.

I feel really comfortable now, said Maas. I feel almost more comfortable left than I do right, which is a good thing.

Being asked to do the job gives Maas a sense that hes still part of the flow of each game.

Its a fairly important part of the game, said Maas. Its a part of the game nobody thinks about until the end of the game. If you have a game-winner. Its definitely a point-scoring opportunity. As a quarterback, you always want to feel you can do well in a pressure situation and thats a pressure situation.

Ive always said if it comes down to a Grey Cup-winning kick, Id like to be part of it. Ive done that with Sean, in the overtime game against Montreal, I had to hold for the extra point to get into overtime and then in overtime on the game-winner.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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