It's no little feat

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

When it comes to cooking, Dominique Dorsey is a pretty good football player.

Take it from injured Argonauts running back Tyler Ebell, who lives with the diminutive Dorsey in Mississauga.

"He is so-so," Ebell said with a laugh. "He makes some nachos every now and then, throws some chicken on the George Foreman (grill). Our deal is that we split the groceries, I will cook and he has to do the dishes."

If Dorsey wants to keep spicing it up on the field, however, that's not a problem with the rest of his Argos teammates. For a moment, forget that the Argos are on a downward spiral and easily could fall behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for second place in the East Division, thereby kissing a playoff spot goodbye.

Starting with the back half of a home-and-home set with the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night at the Rogers Centre, the Argos have six games remaining in the regular season. And Dorsey, who has been the only positive in a year riddled with negatives for the Boatmen, is on track for some record numbers, including one that was creating a buzz in the locker room yesterday: Most combined yards in one football season in any pro league.

Michael (Pinball) Clemons set the mark in 1997 when he piled up 3,840 yards with the Argos. Dorsey sits at 2,817 after 12 games and is on pace for 4,226.

Already in 2008, Dorsey has set the team record for most kickoff return yards in one game and in one season.

The 25-year-old California native is just 457 yards away from the CFL mark for most kickoff yards in a season, set in 1995 by Eric Blount. And on punt returns, Dorsey has 718 yards, putting him on pace to break Clemons' team record for 1,070 for one season.

So is it great blocking that has seen Dorsey consistently run away from the opponents on kick and punt returns, or is it because Dorsey is so much better than everyone else?

"I happened to hear one of the Calgary guys on the field (last week) say something like: 'That little man is special,' " Argos special teams captain Chris Hardy said. "It's like seeing your boy make his first hockey team. When he gets to the end zone, we are so proud, we want to make him look good.

"We pat ourselves on the back, but he makes it happen. There are a lot of times when you watch the film, and you wonder how he got it done, because we did not block anybody."

Dorsey, the runner-up for special teams player of the week, knows what is unfolding at his feet is special. But he won't dwell on it.

"The way I look at records is that they are meant to be broken," Dorsey said. "If I don't, someone else will. It's more important to have a Grey Cup ring, because that's forever."

BRIEFLY

Argos head coach Don Matthews is trying to convert receiver James Robinson into a defensive back. "We think his future is at free safety," Matthews said. "He is such a special talent, we are trying to find a spot for him. It's a long-term deal, not a this-week deal." ... Kenny Wheaton, having recovered from a shoulder injury, will start at free safety on Saturday night ... The Stamps have not won at the Rogers Centre since 2000, the longest current dry spell in Toronto for any CFL outfit.


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