Changing stripes

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

On a day they spent trying to sell tickets to college kids, the Renegades learned they'll soon be seeing more than expected of the best running back to ever play in the OUA.

Former McMaster Marauder stud Jesse Lumsden is sure to get a chance to haul some extra mail tomorrow night at Frank Clair Stadium -- the first of a three-game-for-$25 promotional package that was waved at Ottawa U, Carleton and Algonquin students -- in the wake of the latest house cleaning move by his Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Yesterday, the Tabbies dealt their all-time leading rusher, Troy Davis, along with standout offensive guard Dan Comiskey, to Edmonton for non-import receiver Brock "Dieter" Ralph, import DB Tay Cody and the Esks' first round draft pick in 2006.

Davis is eligible to become a free agent in February.

"I kinda saw it coming," said linebacker Donnovan Carter, who the Renegades obtained in a trade with Hamilton last week. "Their fate has been determined for the 2005 season, so they're looking to the future.

"Troy is a very good player and I knew his frustration, as far as being (under) appreciated there after being a contributor as he has for numerous years. They're going in a new direction and they've made it clear."

Lumsden, the OUA's all-time leading rusher and third in CIS history, was selected as low as he was (sixth overall) in the Canadian college draft because he was intent on trying to land a job in the NFL. He was cut by the Seattle Seahawks after being injured, and last week registered his first offensive CFL carries, picking up 21 yards on three chances against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Lumsden will likely share backfield time with import Howard Jackson, a 5-foot-9, 160-lb. Charles Roberts-type the Ticats signed last week.

"He's a good football player," Renegades defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall said of Jackson, whom he saw play while at the University of Texas-El Paso. "He brings the speed element and Jesse brings a good, hard inside runner element. They can make up with what they lose in Troy in those two guys ... it's just a matter of how comfortable they are in the offence."

Marshall called Ralph "Dieter" when they were in Edmonton together, after former CFL QB Ralph "Dieter" Brock.

"Obviously, I'm well aware of his capabilities. He's got great speed, he's a big target and I'm sure he'll fit into their offence well," said Marshall. "How much they can utilize him this week, I can't answer that.

"If they activate him, it doesn't take a lot to line him up tell him to go like hell and we'll throw you the ball. He's a talented guy and Tay Cody is a good player, and they get a draft pick. It's a trade I think will help both teams."

Even though they are 3-10 and all but mathematically erased from the playoff race, the Ticats showed plenty of life last week, pounding the Esks 40-14.

"They've got nothing to lose," Ottawa coach Joe Paopao said of the Ticats. "They're going to get out there and just go play. They executed well (against Edmonton). They were ready to go from the first play on. That's the team we anticipate we'll play."

EXTRA POINTS: The Renegades are making a number of changes this week. Returning to the roster along with Carter will be SB Pat Woodcock, LB Cam Yeow, DB Da'Shann Austin, RB Ka'Ron Coleman, OG Morris Unutoa and new WR Gerald Harris. Sitting down will be FB Cory Hathaway (shoulders), DL Adrian Baird, WR Robert Quiroga, SB Sean Bennett and LB Martin Gagnon.


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