Porter latest horse on Esks carousel

Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

EDMONTON - It’s been a bit of a running back carousel in the Edmonton Eskimos backfield this year, but at least it’s been built with workhorses.

With Arkee Whitlock shelved for the rest of the season with an ankle injury and Brad Lester out with the flu this week, the Eskimos are on their third import running back of the season in newcomer Daniel Porter.

In his rookie season of professional football, the Louisiana Tech grad will be paired with Canadian running back Calvin McCarty Sunday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“(Porter is) quick, young to this league, energetic, ability to make people miss,” said Hall. “I think he’s kind of a cross between Arkee and Lester, and he has a good set of hands.

“It’s just a matter of seeing him play and go out there and do what he does.”

McCarty will split carries with Porter, much like he did with Lester last week when the two combined for 149 yards.

“Calvin’s going to be the workhorse and more or less use Porter as a change of pace back,” said Hall.

However he is used, Porter said he plans to make the most of it.

“I’ve been waiting on this opportunity so I’m just going to go out there and play my heart out and try to get a win for us,” said Porter, who has been activated off the Eskimos practice roster, where he was placed after signing as a free agent in mid-September. “I’m a play-maker, I guess you’d want to say. A guy who can break tackles and just run through, keep my feet moving.”

He has had to make some adjustments after coming to the CFL. “Like working on the pass and the waggle and all that. That’s kind of new, a little faster-paced.”

The veteran running backs have been helping him get familiar with his new surroundings.

“They brought me up here and took me under their wing as a brotherhood,” said Porter. “Football is a brotherhood anyway, so I’ve got a great opportunity to come out here and just play well.”

The key, Porter said, lies in preparation so when Sunday’s game arrives he can let his natural abilities take over.

“I don’t want to think on the field, because if I think on the field I’m going to get confused and I’d just mess up,” Porter said. “I’ll just go out there and play ball.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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