Ross gets real again

After wasted 2016 sea­son, Ti­cats call up Scheuer­man for Regina

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DREW ED­WARDS

Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats run­ning back Ross Scheuer­man was spec­tac­u­lar in his one and only start last sea­son, post­ing nearly 130 all-pur­pose yards in a hard-fought 20-17 win. And he did most of it with a busted wrist. “I knew I’d done some­thing to it the se­cond se­ries but I got it taped up, took some painkillers and got through the game,” Scheuer­man said. “At the time, I didn’t think it was bro­ken.”

The in­jury de­railed a promis­ing sea­son — he wouldn’t play again in 2016 — but the 24-year-old will get an­other chance on Satur­day when the Ti­cats travel to Regina to take on the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers.

Scheuer­man will re­place vet­eran C.J. Gable, who had five car­ries for nine yards in the sea­sonopen­ing loss to the Toronto Arg­onauts on June 26.

“He’s the kind of back that we like, he catches the ball re­ally well out of the back­field, he’s a good run­ner and he pro­tects the quar­ter­back,” head coach Kent Austin said of Scheuer­man.

“He brings some ex­plo­sive­ness out of the back­field for us and some big play ca­pa­bil­ity.”

The 2013 East Di­vi­sion’s Most Out­stand­ing Rookie, Gable has made 43 starts in his five sea­sons with the Ti­cats. He had al­most 700 yards rush­ing and more than 400 yards re­ceiv­ing last sea­son but had just one 100-yard rush­ing game and three car­ries of 20-plus yards.

While he’s un­der­stand­ably dis­ap­pointed by the de­mo­tion, Gable said he’d sup­port his team­mates the best he could.

“It’s not within my con­trol and I (can) do noth­ing about it. When some­body tells you you’re not play­ing and you’ve been play­ing the whole time, you’re not used to it,” Gable said.

“But you have to brush it off, make other play­ers bet­ter by work­ing on scout team. That’s an­other way to con­trib­ute.”

There will be other changes for the Ti­cats as well, some due to in­jury, others per­for­mance.

Brian Tyms will move one spot over from the bound­ary slot po­si­tion to re­ceiver, re­plac­ing the in­jured Ter­rence Tol­liver while vet­eran Ju­nior Collins and rookie Jalen Saun­ders will be added to the lineup.

Kevin El­liott, who had two catches for 18 yards against the Ar­gos, is out.

Saun­ders, a speed mer­chant who has nine games of NFL ex­pe­ri­ence, will be mak­ing his first CFL start while Collins is in his third sea­son in Hamil­ton with 27 catches in 11 games played.

He knows Austin well and that may be his big­gest as­set at the mo­ment.

“With a po­si­tion change and a new face, we wanted to make sure that we are lined up prop­erly and Ju­nior can play all the po­si­tions and he’s a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor,” Austin said.

There will be changes on de­fence as well. Cana­dian de­fen­sive tackle Mike Atkin­son looks set to re­turn to the lineup after miss­ing week one, an ad­di­tion that should ease the team’s ra­tio con­cerns. The sec­ondary, which gave up over 500 yards pass­ing to Toronto’s Ricky Ray, will also have a fresh look.

His wrist fully healed, Scheuer­man would like to build on the promis­ing per­for­mance against the Alou­ettes last sea­son and give the team’s lan­guish­ing run­ning game a much-needed boost.

“Hope­fully, I can be a spark for the of­fence, break a big play here or there,” Scheuer­man said.

“I’ve been that guy in the past and I’d like to think I can be again,” he added.

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Vet­eran C.J. Gable is off and run­ning as the Ti­cats pre­pare for their next game against Saskatchewan. But Gable won’t be in the lineup. He’s dis­ap­pointed, but he says he’ll sup­port his team­mates.

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