WINNIPEG - Fred Reid isnít about to get down on himself.
While the Winnipeg Blue Bombersí tailback has yet to live up to his own lofty standards in the early stages of the CFL season, Reid isnít concerned about the fact he hasnít reached the 100-yard plateau in a game in 2011.
In what will be an emotional battle for the Blue Bombers in the wake of the death of defensive line and assistant head coach Richard Harris, the 0-4 B.C. Lions are coming to town facing a different type of adversity.
ďThatís a team looking for their first win and itís a must-win for them,Ē said Reid, who still leads the CFL in rushing with 321 yards on 71 carries. ďTheyíre going to come in hungry, so we have to do our part. I wouldnít say theyíre a team I love to play, but in the past I seem to have a big game against these guys. Iím just going to do the best I can and hopefully have a big day, my first 100-yard game.
ďThatís the plan.Ē
Going into the season, Reid made it very clear he was happy to trade in personal accolades for the chance to win a championship ring.
And while heís not about to abandon that premise, he would like to contribute more to the offence.
ďWeíre going into the fifth game of the season and I havenít hit that century mark, but Iím playing hard every week and Iím going to keep fighting until I get it,Ē said Reid. ďIím not down on myself at all. If we donít (get to 100), Iím more than happy with the (wins) weíve been getting lately. Iím going to do my part and whatever happens, happens.Ē
Reidís best game as a pro came against the Lions back on Aug. 21 of 2009, when he had 26 carries for a franchise-record 260 yards.
Reid is coming off his best game of the season, as he carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards and finally broke off a few big gains against the Toronto Argonauts.
ďWeíre getting closer every week, weíre getting better and we just have to keep going,Ē said Reid, who led the CFL with 1,396 yards on 213 carries in 2010. ďWe know we have bigger things to come here. Itís a long season. I know Iím going to bust a lot of long runs here. I havenít got the oneís Iíve wanted quite yet but Iíll keep putting in the work and itís going to pay off for me soon.Ē
The Blue Bombers offensive line knows how important it will be to get Reid going on the ground.
ďAs an offensive line, every game we want to get 100 yards,Ē said Blue Bombers centre Obby Khan. ďWe want to get Freddy his rushing yards. Our MO is to play physical, play hard. Weíre going to work our tails off to get Freddy those yards.Ē