Combine gives RB Anthony Coombs chance to prove point

Manitoba Bisons running back Anthony Coombs. (QMI Agency/Files)

Manitoba Bisons running back Anthony Coombs. (QMI Agency/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:27 AM ET

TORONTO - One of the wild cards at this weekend’s CFL combine will be Manitoba Bisons running back Anthony Coombs.

There’s a good chance he’ll be the fastest competitor on the field at Varsity Centre on Sunday, but that alone won’t get a Canadian tailback who didn’t play NCAA ball, a starting job in the three-down loop. Coombs has to convince teams that he can be a full-time running back in the CFL, which is why he put on 10 pounds of muscle over the Past two months while training in Arizona.

“The most exciting part is I’ve put on a lot of weight and I’ve gotten a lot faster,” Coombs said Friday. “Any athlete would be happy about that.”

Running back is not the first position CFL teams look at when drafting players, but Coombs, a Winnipeg native who has left many a Canada West defender in his dust, is hoping to change that philosophy this weekend. Some CFL scouts have described him as having “import” talent.


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