'Cats not wowed

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Tim Cheatwood did not spend the early morning hours phoning all of his relatives to tell them how he helped the Hamilton Tiger-Cats shut down Ricky Williams.

"Not special," the Ticats defensive end said when asked about his play on a second-and-two that threw Williams for a one-yard loss last night in a 31-3 pre-season win over the Argos Rogers Centre.

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"He's another football player. Just like everybody else, (he is) trying to make the team. It's not a big deal to me."

Cheatwood's reaction seemed to be shared by almost every Ticat in the dressing room after the famous running back's unspectacular CFL debut.

After all, there is no reason to give the Argos any bulletin board material, considering the Ticats play Toronto in the next two games -- the pre-season finale next Friday in Hamilton and the season opener June 17 back at the Rogers Centre.

Williams was a non-factor in his limited time, carrying the ball four times for seven yards.

"Any time we play the Argos, we don't need to get any extra motivation," Ticats coach Greg Marshall said. "Personally, I didn't even know when Ricky was in the football game. I don't even know if our defence was even aware of it."

That may be a bit of a stretch, considering the Ticats were asked about Williams all week by the media. But they certainly were taking no pride, at least publicly, in making Williams look like nothing special.

"It's the pre-season," Ticats defensive tackle Adriano Belli said. "He's a great running back and I'm sure he's going to have a lot to give us come the season. I'm sure he's not showing all his tricks just yet ... I'm excited about June 17, playing him for real and seeing what he's got then."

It was such a good night for the Ticats that fourth-string quarterback Richie Williams, no relation, rushed for more yards than Ricky Williams on one play.

Richie Williams said he didn't even realize he had outrushed his namesake and claimed his teammates didn't say anything about the similar name this week. But the rookie did say his defence was primed to battle Ricky Williams.

"I know they wanted to bring it to him," Richie Williams said. "It proves it's not a pleasant welcome to the CFL."


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