Har­ris on pace to break two en­dur­ing records

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If An­drew Har­ris is un­aware of the num­bers, he has plenty of peo­ple to re­mind him. “I should prob­a­bly log off Twit­ter, cause that’s where I see most of it,” the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers run­ning back said Tues­day.

Har­ris is on pace to break a cou­ple of long- stand­ing CFL records this sea­son while play­ing for his home­town Bombers. He says he’s try­ing not to fo­cus on it, but fans and me­dia have a way of keep­ing it in his con­scious­ness.

“Peo­ple men­tion me on Twit­ter and keep me up­dated as to where I’m at,” Har­ris said.

The 30- year- old has 88 catches through 14 games this sea­son, which puts him on pace to shat­ter the record for re­cep­tions by a run­ning back of 102, set by Craig Ellis of the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers in 1985.

He’s also on track to be­come the first player in CFL his­tory to record at least 1,000 yards rush­ing and 1,000 yards re­ceiv­ing. With four games left, he’s on pace for 1,053 rush­ing yards and 1,006 re­ceiv­ing yards. Only one player in CFL his­tory has had more than 1,000 yards rush­ing and 800 yards re­ceiv­ing. That was Robert Drum­mond of the Toronto Arg­onauts in 1997 ( 1,134 yards rush­ing, 840 yards re­ceiv­ing).

Har­ris has 819 rush­ing yards through 14 games and 783 re­ceiv­ing yards. Not that he pays too much at­ten­tion to those num­bers.

“If I’m on pace, great,” Har­ris said. “But I’m just try­ing to be out there mak­ing plays for my team and try­ing to get us into a good sit­u­a­tion for the play­offs.”

He may not get a chance to hit the 1,000- yard mile­stones, depend­ing on how bad the Bombers need him. They are 10- 4 and need just one point to clinch a play­off spot, and are also nar­row­ing in on a home play­off date. It’s pos­si­ble Har­ris will be rested to­ward the end of the sea­son.

Ei­ther way, you get the sense the Bombers would like to see him get the records, but won’t let it get in the way of their ul­ti­mate goal of win­ning the Grey Cup.

“I don’t think it’s a dis­trac­tion at all and I don’t think we have to avoid it,” Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said Tues­day. “I think his team­mates want the most for An­drew, more than An­drew would want for him­self. An­drew wants more for his team­mates than he would ever want for him­self.

“I don’t think it’s a sit­u­a­tion that we have to man­age at all. Not sur­pris­ingly, An­drew is a self­less team­mate and that’s one of the things that makes him so lik­able and so en­joy­able to come to work with.”

The B.C. Lions and TigerCats could be elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention as soon as this week­end if they lose to the Blue Bombers and Stam­ped­ers, re­spec­tively.

The 6- 8 Lions need help as it i s, as they are four points out of a play­off spot with four games left in the sea­son. If they lose Satur­day and both the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos and Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers win, B. C. will be elim­i­nated.

Win­nipeg will clinch a play­off spot with a win or a tie against the Lions, while the Rid­ers and Eski­mos will clinch at least a cross­over play­off spot with wins and a Lions loss.

The Stam­ped­ers have al­ready clinched a home play­off game and can lock up first place and a first- round bye with a win and a Win­nipeg loss.

De­spite be­ing just 7- 8 on the sea­son, the Toronto Ar­gos can clinch first place in the weak East Di­vi­sion with a win at Ed­mon­ton and a l oss by the Ottawa Red­blacks at Saskatchewan.

If 4-10 Hamilton loses to the Stam­ped­ers Fri­day, the Ar­gos will clinch a play­off berth and a home play­off game, even if they lose this week.

If 6- 9- 1 Ottawa wins at Saskatchewan and Hamilton loses to Cal­gary, the Red­blacks will clinch a play­off berth and a home play­off game and the Tiger- Cats will be elim­i­nated.

JORDEN RE­TURNS

Ka­mar Jorden has the chance to re­sume his break­out CFL sea­son in time for the play­offs.

The Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers re­ceiver was tied for the league lead in touch­downs af­ter Week 4 with four in the air and one on the ground.

With 474 re­ceiv­ing yards in his first six games, Jorden was on pace for well over 1,000 this sea­son. But he in­jured a me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his knee dur­ing Cal­gary’s 60-1 blowout of the Hamilton Tiger- Cats in July.

Ten weeks later, the six­foot- three, 203- pound slot­back re­turns to the lineup for Fri­day’s rematch in Hamilton.

Cal­gary’s pass­ing game has been ser­vice­able in the last few weeks, but not spec­tac­u­lar as quar­ter­back Bo Levi Mitchell and some new tar­gets ad­just to each other. The Stam­ped­ers rank sev­enth in the league in pass­ing yards (4,153).

“I think we’ve been not quite as dy­namic this year,” Cal­gary head coach Dave Dick­en­son said. “We’re fight­ing it a lit­tle bit.”

JOHN WOODS / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Win­nipeg run­ning back An­drew Har­ris needs 181 yards rush­ing and 217 re­ceiv­ing yards to be­come the first CFL player to record 1,000 yards rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing in the same sea­son.

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