Ticats' Gable notices the rise in respect he's receiving

Ticats running back C.J. Gable, eluding the tackle of Argos' Jermaine Gabriel last Monday, says he...

Ticats running back C.J. Gable, eluding the tackle of Argos' Jermaine Gabriel last Monday, says he notices opposing defences continually pointing him out and adjusting their alignments now that he has a had a few big games. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

C.J. Gable doesn’t have to look at the weekly CFL stats to see how far he’s come in just 15 games.

 

The Tiger-Cats rookie running back is told that every time he lines up behind Henry Burris and makes a move either left or right and watches the defence shift.

Respect in the CFL for an offensive player is measured in how much attention your opponent pays you and, in Gable’s case, it’s obvious he’s earned plenty of respect. Two and sometimes three defenders will move in Gable’s direction as soon as he makes a move.

Gable first started to notice the added attention about a half dozen games ago and it’s only become more pronounced since.

“They are really keying on me now,” Gable said following practice Friday. “Every time I go out on a route, they’re pointing me out. Either the whole defence shifts or two guys are coming with me. It feels good. I mean they’re saying I’m the guy to look out for, but then it makes it so much harder to get open so t


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