Sacks star Collier expects to sit

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Anthony Collier still holds a share of his CFL record.

It's his spot on the active roster that he's not so sure about.

The Renegades defensive end first learned yesterday that upon further review, he was credited with just four sacks against the B.C. Lions last Friday -- not the record-tying five he was marked down for on the game sheet.

Then, upon even further review, the CFL last night informed the Renegades that indeed Collier will be credited with five sacks -- giving him the league lead through three games of the 2005 campaign.

Despite that status, Collier will almost certainly be replaced on the active roster for this week's game vs. Calgary by Kai Ellis, who he was filling in for in the first place.

Ray Jacobs, who plays on the other end of the defensive line, has also performed well and is in no danger of losing his spot, according to coach Joe Paopao.

"The coach let me know Kai will be back," said Collier, who has been bothered by a strained MCL since camp but said he is healthy enough to play. "We just play our roles. Kai is a good player. Ray Jacobs is a good player. I just know my role."

Collier said his role under new defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall is unlike the one he played last year when Gary Etcheverry was in charge. In 2004, Collier recalled, he was expected to be more of a linebacker.

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"Me and Kai like this defence," said Collier. "It gives us the opportunity to make sacks, make plays like we want to.

"I saw the (game) film, I had a couple of busted plays, I could have done something better every play," added Collier, who registered three sacks in one game during junior college and never thought he'd get four or five.

"I look at the negatives. The positives will come."

EXTRA POINTS: The Renegades have several co-leaders in other CFL statistical categories through three weeks. QB Kerry Joseph is in a five-way tie for most touchdowns, with three (the group includes former 'Gade RB Mike Vilimek of the Montreal Alouettes); rookie Cory Hathaway is in a four-way tie for most special teams tackles with four; DB Korey Banks is tied with two others for most interceptions with two; and Bo Rogers and Kyries Hebert are tied among a large number with one forced fumble ... Backup QB Brad Banks, who was supposed to miss 7-10 days when he injured his throwing right shoulder in a pre-season game, is still 1-2 weeks from returning, at least. Banks has a strain in the rotator cuff and pain in the shoulder blade. "It's not what everybody thought, it's not what I thought," said Banks, who has yet to begin practising. "It's improving, but they say the main thing is to rest and not aggravate it by throwing too much. It's frustrating, not helping, but at the same time I have to let it heal."


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