Reid stays positive

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

A few yards will not get a good back down.

Although Winnipeg tailback Fred Reid has been knocked off his perch as the CFL's leading rusher, he continues to maintain his ever-positive outlook.

"I'm not frustrated," Reid said yesterday. "I know I'm going to get back in stride. I'm third right now but I'm not worried about it. We have six games left and I've got plenty of time to get back into that top spot.

"The leading rusher (Montreal's Avon Cobourne) is not up that many on me so, I'm not worried about that right now. I'm just happy we got the win the other night and we got everything on the right track. Other than that, I feel like I'm still in pretty good shape and I'll be OK."

Cobourne leads with 1,043 yards on 185 rushes while B.C.'s Martell Mallett has moved into second with 1,005 on 160 carries. Reid, who gained 60 yards on 15 lugs last week, has 986 yards on 164 rushes.

The speedster has been working on waiting for his blockers to open holes for him.

"I've been working on that a little bit, changing some steps up and see how they work," he said. "I may be too quick up there but we've been changing some things at practice this week and we'll see how we're going to do."

Although Reid's slump started when he was taken off the kick return team, he is not complaining.

"That don't bother me at all," said Reid, who still leads the CFL in combined yardage. "I can just focus on one thing and that's being a running back. That takes a lot of pressure off me and I'm happy with my role."

DEDICATED TO UNCLE: When Winnipeg placekicker Alexis Serna learned that his Uncle Joe had died as the result of a horse-riding mishap Saturday morning, he dedicated his game against the Toronto Argonauts that night to him. Serna was good on four of five field goals, including a 53-yarder that night, and was named the CFL's top special teams player of the week yesterday.

"I played for him," Serna said after the match. "This game was for him."

A horse threw Serna's uncle (his dad's brother), who hit his head, then fell on top of him. His uncle, who was about 56, never recovered, despite surgery.

"I wasn't too close to him but it's still tough," Serna said. "He was closest to my dad. They were partners in crime when they were younger. It's just tough for my dad, because he's probably a little upset about it.

"But one of the great things about my dad is that he has a great outlook on life and he takes everything in stride."

Serna's teammate, Jovon Johnson, was a runner-up in the special teams category.

The CFL's other top players were Cobourne (offence), Edmonton's T.J. Hill (defence) and Saskatchewan's Andy Fantuz (Canadian).

MALBROUGH BACK: Former Bomber DB Anthony Malbrough has finally shown up in Edmonton. Malbrough, who declined to report to training camp after Winnipeg had traded the veteran there, answered an SOS as three Eskimos DBs are on the limp, including ex-Bomber Kelly Malveaux. The Eskies play in Winnipeg this Friday.

Meanwhile, Bomber DE Odell Willis (quad strain) may be ready to play this week, meaning only SB Terrence Edwards (concussion) would miss the match.

HALL CODE: The Bombers have decided to remove any member of the club's hall of fame if he is convicted of an indictable offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Former club president Dr. Ross Brown voluntarily removed himself from the hall after being convicted of possessing child pornography.

MONCTON BOUND? The CFL will hold one of next year's regular season games in Moncton, N.B. The game will be held at the University of Moncton campus. It remains unclear what teams will play and when the event will be held. The provincial and federal governments have agreed to a plan that will see a 10,000-seat stadium -- double its capacity to 20,000 for the game.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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