Tuneup time for Ticats QB Burris

Ticats QB Henry Burris (left) listens as coach Kent Austin gives him some advice. Burris says he...

Ticats QB Henry Burris (left) listens as coach Kent Austin gives him some advice. Burris says he appreciates Austin's attention to detail. (Mike Peake/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

HAMILTON - Chevon Walker was pencilled in as the heir apparent to starting running back Avon Cobourne. But C.J. Gable has taken an eraser to that plan for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Cobourne, who was released in February, outrushed Walker 737-656 last season. Gable, signed in April, had a strong camp to the point that he is challenging Walker for the premier role. Gable is listed as the starter on the depth chart in the Ticats’ final pre-season game, at Guelph on Thursday night versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“He is a complete back,” TicatsGM/head coach Kent Austin said of the 25-year-old Gable, who spent the winter with Nebraska of the Indoor Football League. “He can block, he can run, he is a great receiver out of the backfield, he is smart, We like his complete complement of skills.”

Gable knows what’s on the line. He fumbled last week against Montreal, but otherwise has been solid.

“I’m going to go out and be relaxed,” Gable said. “If you make a mistake, the coaches (indicate): ‘It’s okay, just go back out for the next play.’ Once you don’t have that pressure on you, you have the ability to play without thinking. That’s what makes everybody produce more. They know they can mess up, but it is not going to count against them unless you keep repeating it.”

GABLE RUNS AFTER STARTING ROLE

Chevon Walker was pencilled in as the heir apparent to starting running back Avon Cobourne. But C.J. Gable has taken an eraser to that plan for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Cobourne, who was released in February, outrushed Walker 737-656 last season. Gable, signed in April, had a strong camp to the point that he is challenging Walker for the premier role. Gable is listed as the starter on the depth chart in the Ticats’ final pre-season game, at Guelph on Thursday night versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“He is a complete back,” TicatsGM/head coach Kent Austin said of the 25-year-old Gable, who spent the winter with Nebraska of the Indoor Football League. “He can block, he can run, he is a great receiver out of the backfield, he is smart, We like his complete complement of skills.”

Gable knows what’s on the line. He fumbled last week against Montreal, but otherwise has been solid.

“I’m going to go out and be relaxed,” Gable said. “If you make a mistake, the coaches (indicate): ‘It’s okay, just go back out for the next play.’ Once you don’t have that pressure on you, you have the ability to play without thinking. That’s what makes everybody produce more. They know they can mess up, but it is not going to count against them unless you keep repeating it.”


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