It could be a special night against the Als

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:26 PM ET

Bryan Crawford's job just got a little more difficult.

Larry Taylor, the CFL's special-teams player of the year last season, has rejoined the Alouettes after an NFL tryout.

The unofficial leader of the Argonauts' cover team gets the dubious honour of trying to chase down the 5-foot-6 waterbug in back-to-back games against Montreal to end the season.

"It's not like offence or defence where you can put in a specific plan. You can kick away from him; you can try to get the ball on the ground, but regardless, you've still got to get down fast, get the net around him and get him down," Crawford said. "Obviously he's dangerous. He was player of the year for a reason."

If anybody might be able to corral him, it could be Crawford who leads an outstanding Toronto special-team's unit with 24 tackles. That's also five more than anyone else in the CFL. "You have to have a certain mentality to run full speed down field and try to make a tackle. There's a lot of chaos and bodies flying around ... you need to be able to see things develop in front of you and be able to put yourself in good position."

Crawford was a running back from Queen's but also had special-teams experience and saw that as his route to the pros.

"Some guys don't like the chaos (but) ... I saw it as an opportunity to make a name for myself as a starter on special teams. I've kind of grown into it and developed my niche."

With Taylor's return and Toronto's Chad Owens — who won special team's player-of- the-week honours for a fourth time yesterday — 51 yards short of becoming only the fifth player in CFL history to surpass 1,000 yards in kickoff and punt returns the same season, Friday's matchup could become a special-team's track meet.

"The spotlight will be on them and that makes it exciting for the fans every time the ball is kicked," said Toronto head coach Jim Barker.


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