Rod Davis: 'Touchdown maker'

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

He doesn’t have the most interceptions on the season, but Rod Davis is tied for the most touchdowns off of picks.

The Edmonton Eskimos linebacker scored his second in as many games in Sunday’s 37-35 victory over the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats with a 22-yard romp to cut an early 14-point deficit in half.

The only thing left was to ask how much more the team wants from him.

“More, I’m greedy,” said head coach Richie Hall. “He’s Johnny-on-the-spot, made a good drop, made a catch, scored a touchdown. We’re starting to call him the touchdown maker.

“It was a big boost for us.”

That’s because Davis did the same thing in last week’s 24-6 victory over the Toronto Argonauts, scoring the league’s first regular-season touchdown on neutral turf.

Of course, that return was 52 yards longer and under the guidance of the team’s reigning interception-leader Chris Thompson.

“It was a little shorter field this time, so I told him I’d take this one on my own,” Davis smiled.

But there was no joking around when the Eskimos were trailing 21-7 prior to the play.

“Giving 24 points up in one half is kind of bad, but we came back, battled and made plays when we had to,” said Davis. “That’s what this team’s about.

“The coaches put me in the right position to make plays and that’s what I try to do.”

Davis was back at linebacker despite having regular starter Mark Restelli available for the first time since coming off the nine-game injured list.

“Any time you can score without your offence being on the field, it adds some boost,” said Hall.

“They drove the ball down our throats the first two series and scored majors. Then they got a turnover and scored.

“For us to answer the call back and score ourselves, that was big for our football team.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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