Ricky gets riled up

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Argos running back Ricky Williams blasted the media yesterday for trying to stir up trouble between himself and John Avery, with whom he will share the backfield on Monday against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Williams got upset at a question about whether there were enough footballs for both he and Avery in a game situation.

"What reason do you have for asking that question?" Williams said. "Are you trying to create controversy where there is none?"

He then said as far as he was concerned he would be happy with an Argos win regardless for how many times he touches the ball.

"This is not about how many touches you get," Williams said. "If I never touch the ball and the team wins, I'll be very satisfied."

Williams said he was not surprised when Argos coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons told him the team likely would use two backs in the Thanksgiving Day game at the Rogers Centre.

"There is no animosity at all," Williams said. "This is all about the team."

Avery, who stood beside his teammate throughout the interview after the team's practice yesterday, tried to defuse the situation.

"Now look at what you have done," he said. "You've gone and got Ricky all mad."

Meanwhile, Clemons praised the selection of Bashir Levingston as special teams player of the week in the CFL.

"Bashir has been the best return specialist in the league for the past five seasons," Clemons said.

But the coach admitted there still were improvements that have to be made by the special teams unit for their game against the Eskimos.

"We haven't performed as consistently as we have in the past," Clemons said. "Special teams are a very big part of what we do here."

Said Levingston: "It seems when we play against teams from the West, there is a lot more kicking and we get the ball more," he said. "The more touches you get, the more in the game you are."


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