TORONTO - Three concussions this season aren’t going to slow down Cory Boyd.
But they have made him think.
I’m still going to be a hardnosed player and fight for every yard,” said Boyd, who was the CFL’s leading rusher when he w as injured four games ago. “I just have to modify it a bit; be a little smarter.”
Boyd has a reputation as a runner who’d as soon take on a tackler as be tackled. But he knows if he wants to keep playing long-term, he’ll have to pick his spots.
“In certain situations it’s GET DOWN! Get down and live to fight another day. That’s what I’m focussing on.”
Just not something he always practised. “Now I understand you have to keep your focus on bettering yourself... I have to be cautious of how I treat my body. I’ve only got one; it’s not like I can press the restart button.”
When he was hurt, Boyd had 903 yards rushing but after a quick start the team was fighting to stay above .500; in his last two games he was held to 54 and 57 yards.
Boyd lost his patience. “Everything was fine when we had early success but when you don’t get as many carries or as many big plays and yardage as you want, then patience goes out the door and all the little things that you tell yourself to fundamentally be conscious of you don’t do it anymore. You play off instinct and I think that’s what I was doing — trying to force the big play. I was trying to force things that weren’t really there.”
Boyd was the centrepiece of the Argos’ offence and it has struggled without him. The only other ball carrier with more than 100 yards is Jeff Johnson. Despite missing a third of the season, Boyd has scored six of the team’s 19 offensive TDs.
“We need to get him back,” assistant coach Mike O’Shea. “He’s the hardest running back in the league to bring down.”