Roughrid­ers look at all run­ning op­tions

Four tail­backs avail­able to CFL East semi­fi­nal against Ot­tawa on Satur­day

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - CLASSIFIEDS - MUR­RAY MCCORMICK

Blue Bombers on Sept. 3.

He has started just once since suf­fer­ing the in­jury, rush­ing for 53 yards on 14 car­ries as the Rid­ers beat the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers 30-7 on Oct. 20. Mar­shall said he is fully re­cov­ered and ready to play on Sun­day.

Richard­son is also ready to go de­spite miss­ing Satur­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale with an an­kle in­jury. He has dressed for four games since sign­ing with the Rid­ers on Sept. 26.

“I’m healthy,’’ said Richard­son, who has 48 car­ries for 259 yards. “If we had to play right now, I could play. I’m not say­ing that I will be 100 per cent, but my mind­set go­ing into the game will be 100 per cent.’’

Thig­pen may be the health­i­est among the trio of in­ter­na­tional run­ning backs. He scored on a run and a re­cep­tion in Satur­day’s 28-13 loss to the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos.

“I’m sure the coaches have a good idea of what they want to do,’’ Thig­pen said. “We’re all get­ting pre­pared to be the guy. Then when our num­ber is called, we can pro­duce and we can do what we we can to help team win.’’

A healthy Mar­shall could be in the mix based on his pro­duc­tion be­fore the knee in­jury. He’s also the most fa­mil­iar with the Rid­ers’ of­fen­sive and block­ing schemes.

“I come out here ev­ery day and pre­pare like I’m go­ing to play ev­ery day,’’ Mar­shall said. “These coaches and this team know what I can do.

“We have a lot of tal­ent in the back­field so all of us bring some­thing dif­fer­ent. How­ever they shake up the ro­ta­tion or who want to put it in, we’ll just roll with it. If I’m not play­ing, I will help the guys any way that I can. If I am, then I will do what I have to do on the field.’’

The sit­u­a­tion is rem­i­nis­cent of train­ing camp, at which the Rid­ers had a num­ber of tail­backs try­ing out. Mar­shall emerged as the starter.

“I do feel like it is (my job), but I still want to prove my­self ev­ery day to show why I won the job in the first place,’’ Mar­shall said. “We’ve all had to bat­tle with in­juries with me, Kienan and Trent miss­ing some time, and then Mar­cus had a great game last week.

“We have a lot of tal­ent, but that it makes it a lot of fun. We all feed off ev­ery­one’s en­ergy.’’

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