Ticats get first taste of Argos' Boyd

FRANK ZICARELLI,QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

HAMILTON — Now that the monotony and stupidity of playing the Blue Bombers is over, the Ticats turn to a new opponent in the form of a familiar face.

More than just renewing a rivalry, Friday’s meeting in Toronto against the Argos provides the Ticats defence its first crack at running back sensation Cory Boyd.

Winnipeg’s Fred Reid fits the mould of what one would consider as your prototypical CFL back, a scatback if you will, an undersized player who lines up in the backfield and can bounce to the outside, sometimes getting lost in a pile of bodies.

Boyd is the atypical CFL back, a player who reminds many of Joe Smith, who ran amok in B.C. before his trade to Winnipeg, where Smith flamed out.

Boyd enters Week 8 as the CFL’s leading rusher, a punisher who runs downhill, can run through tackles as easily as he runs around defenders.

“You gotta bring your big boy pads, that’s all,’’ Ticats linebacker Otis Floyd said in describing the difference in facing Boyd. “I’d rather go up against a bigger back.

“In Reid, you have a guy who can get lost in a crowd and then, boom, he’s gone. In Boyd, you can see him coming. It’s just you and him.”

Fellow linebacker Jamall Johnson, who conducts a tackling clinic seemingly each week, grew up opposing downhill runners while playing four-down football at every level in the United States.

“I just love it,’’ the CFL’s leading tackler said. “I love the contact. Cory Boyd is a really good running back who moves well.

“The key for us to stay in our gaps because that line loves to come off the ball.”

Crack at Lemon

Friday also provides the Ticats defence its first look in a regular-season game of Argos quarterback Cleo Lemon, who threw for three touchdowns and did not get picked off in last week’s eye-opening win over Montreal.

“He’s getting better every week,’’ Floyd said.

“He’s starting to understand the CFL game and he’s going to be a threat later in the season.

“Right now, he’s still learning and it’s important for us to get after him.”


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