Esks' Porter leans on O-line

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

EDMONTON - The last time an Edmonton Eskimos running back rushed for three-consecutive 100-yard games was in 2002 by John Avery.

Daniel Porter has a chance to match that mark on Saturday after combining for 40 carries for 292 yards in back-to-back victories over the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders in the first two starts of his career.

But his impressive 7.3-yards a carry came against the two worst run defences in the league, while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be his biggest challenge yet.

“We’ve just got to go out there, it’s just another game, play by play,” said Porter, a Louisiana Tech rushing-record setter. “I know I’ve got confidence in my offensive line to go and block out there and give me running lanes.”

Porter is focused on running up triple digits against whoever he comes up against.

“I’m looking to go 100 yards the rest of the season. I got here in the middle of the season so I’m trying to make the best of it,” said Porter, who went on a meteoric rise to a starting role since arriving on the practice roster halfway through September. “I expected that. I expected a quick turnaround because I know what I’m capable of doing, it’s just getting the opportunity of getting on the field and going out and perform.”

But rushing yards aren’t as important to Eskimos head coach Richie Hall as controlling the flow of the game at the line of scrimmage.

“I think it’s the test for our football team. They have a good front seven,” Hall said. “Each week that you have some success it’s always can you sustain it? Can you run?

“It’s no different than two weeks ago, you’d never have thought we’d run for 300 yards against B.C. but we were able to. Last week, we didn’t run for 300 yards but we were able to control the line of scrimmage.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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