Davis a pick six master

Gerry Moddejonge

, Last Updated: 8:37 PM ET

All the Edmonton Eskimos needed to win two in a row is to have Rod Davis come up with timely interception returns for touchdowns.

In each of their last two games, the linebacker made a crucial pick for six that breathed new life into his team.

While he looked like he has a sixth sense to come up with interceptions with nothing standing between him and the end zone, Davis attributes his recent success to hard work in the film room.

“I hope it’s that easy. I hope they keep coming in the rest of the games,” said Davis, who has shown noticeable improvement since taking over for injured starter Mark Restelli early in the season. “I did extra film study with (linebackers) coach Mark Nelson. He’s just kind of baby-fed me with routes and certain things to look out for, so he’s helped me out tremendously to know how they’re going to attack us and where they’re going to come from.”

On Sunday, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were working on coming up with their fourth touchdown in as many drives — thanks to a fumble return for a touchdown by defensive end Stevie Baggs — when Davis evened the score.

“The coached called the call, I already knew in the call that I’d get an opportunity in a certain formation that they’ll do,” Davis said. “I was kind of iffy about all the meetings but they’re starting to pay off and I knew I could jump this ball because I knew where it was going.”

After handing Ticats quarterback Kevin Glenn the only smudge on the stats sheet, Davis and the rest of the defence held Hamilton to just a field goal and four safety points for nearly two full quarters.

When Hamilton finally got their next touchdown with one minute left in regulation, the Eskimos came up with a defensive stand to foil a two-point conversion and avoid potential overtime.

– Moddejonge


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