Poker-face didn't pay off for Eskimos receiver Coehoorn

Eskimos receiver Nate Coehoorn is 'pumped' during practice at the Commonwealth Field House in...

Eskimos receiver Nate Coehoorn is 'pumped' during practice at the Commonwealth Field House in Edmonton on Oct. 10, 2012. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

EDMONTON - Kenny Rogers may have been talking about gambling with the whole hold ’em and fold ’em thing.

But in those words, Nate Coehoorn has found an ace that he can keep.

The Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver didn’t do himself any favours after going vertical to make a spectacular catch only to have the ball roll out of his grasp as he hit the ground.

Initially ruled a catch, Coehoorn pounded a frustrated fist into the turf to express his disappointment at letting the ball loose at all.

So, when the call was challenged — and subsequently overturned — officials couldn’t help but agree with his reaction.

“When I watched the replay I didn’t really have the best poker face, so to speak,” the six-foot-two, 220-pound University of Calgary product said. “I kind of got up and hit the ground and ran back to the huddle.”

Coehoorn watched the replay on film, but said it isn’t something that’s been rolling over and over in his mind.

“It was what it was,” he said, shrugging it off. “It didn’t get called a completion, but that’s all right. We won the game.”

That’s not to say he doesn’t have an opinion.

And he shared it with rookie receiver Shamawd Chambers, who leaned into the interview and pretended to be a reporter asking him whether or not it was a catch.

“I think it was. It was a catch, but whatever,” Coehoorn said. “Sometimes things don’t go your way.”

But most of the time they have this season for Coehoorn, who registered at least one catch in each of the previous 13 games heading into October.

As a rookie last year, he didn’t register his first reception until this month.

“Yeah, it was a little bit of a wait last year, but this year has been definitely better,” said Coehoorn, who has 37 catches for 451 yards to go with a pair of special-teams tackles this season.

While he didn’t record a reception, Coehoorn helped out some of his teammates with some statistics, locking up Ticats defensive back Dee Webb as Eskimos slotback cruised into the end zone for the first touchdown of last Friday’s game.

“That play was called and I knew my job,” Coehoorn said. “I knew where the guy was and who I had to pick, so I just did that and got in his way and Marcus got in the end zone.

“We’ve repped it a few times, so we kind of knew what they were going to do.”

Knowing what to expect has been the big difference for Coehoorn, who moved into a starting role in his sophomore CFL season after veteran wide-out Andrew Nowacki was released in the off-season.

“It’s definitely different, I’d just say my confidence is a lot higher this year and just having a year knowing the whole offence,” said Coehoorn, a native of Medicine Hat. “Just coming back and knowing all the guys.

“(Nowacki) has been a consistent Canadian receiver in the league for seven years before me, so I got to watch him all year and learn from a true professional.”

IN AND OUT: LB Corbin Sharun (knee) was back on the sidelines after practising Tuesday, while DL Jermaine Reid had his surgically repaired shoulder looked at.

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