Harris in the mix for Esks

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

Will Harris is taking it all in stride.

While it may be the first CFL contest for the Edmonton Eskimos linebacker, it’s hardly his first football game.

“It’s an opportunity, that’s what everybody always asks for, we just have to grasp it and take it, go out and do what we do,” Harris said. “Everybody has to start at the bottom and work you way to the top, that’s what it’s all about. That was my main focus, to come in here and work hard and whatever happens, happens.”

On Friday, Harris is suiting up for the first time with the Eskimos, activated off the practice roster.

The University of Southern California product will backup Rod Davis at outside linebacker.

“Right now we’re banged up a little bit and he’s able to provide some depth for us and he’ll play some special teams,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “We’re not going to try and incorporate him so much on defence unless it’s in an emergency situation. It’ll be a good opportunity to see him. He’s athletic, he’s been here for a few weeks and now he’s got the opportunity to go out there and play.

“Anytime you put a young person in there that hasn’t played, there’s an energy that they bring, so I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”

Having played for one of the biggest college programs in the United States, Harris is accustomed to a sense of occasion.

The biggest adjustment he’ll have to make is chasing down players on a bigger field.

“There is more field, so you have to make more open-field tackles,” he said.

“But that’s my specialty, so I’m not too worried about it.”

ESTAY HONOURED: Ron Estay is looking forward to his day.

The former Eskimos defensive back will be added to the team’s ring of honour at Commonwealth Stadium Friday.

Estay, 62, spent nine seasons with the Eskimos through the ‘70s, winning five Grey Cups with the club.

“I spent 10 years of my life here, the city is great, the fans are great, the Eskimos are great,” Estay said. “We just had an unbelievable time when we were here. When is that ever going to happen again, winning five Grey Cups in a row? It’s just something special.”

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