Looking forward on seeing William Stanback

Friday, that kid as potential 8)

Marc…

Certainly agree about Stanback. He`s looked good returning kickoffs.

Also has 8 special team tackles. Last Als star RB who started on special teams was Avon Cobourne.

Yup. Johnny is looking forward to seeing him as well.

I agree … but my fear is that Sutton’s absence may be an excuse to further reduce the running game.

Don’t recall if it has been posted elsewhere … Tailback Tyrell Sutton has a deep thigh or quad bruise that will probably sideline him for two games.

From Herb Zurkowsky:

“Coming here to the CFL, it humbled me. It gave me another opportunity to pursue my dreams in this game,? said (William) Stanback, who will start for the Alouettes Friday night against Toronto because of an injury to veteran Tyrell Sutton.

“I feel, right now, I’m at the front door of redemption.?

The Als haven’t possessed a tailback in the mould of Stanback for some time. At 6-feet and 233 pounds, he’s a punishing runner who will go through a defender rather than around him. That’s why he won the backup job, over Amir Carlisle, coming out of training camp.

Stanback believes a play in Montreal’s opening exhibition game at the end of May, in Ottawa, might have solidified his bargaining power. He was the lead blocker on a kickoff return, led with his head against the first Redblacks player downfield, and was concussed, delaying his audition process.

“But if you watch the film, it shows the intensity that I brought on that play,? said the 24-year-old from Hempstead, N.Y. “I felt the coaches were probably looking for something like that.

“I’m just thankful for not getting cut and still being here to participate and fight with these guys. We’re going through adversity, but it’s only going to build character.?

Stanback played two seasons at the University of Central Florida before he failed multiple drug tests and was dismissed from the only Division I school that offered him a scholarship. He resurfaced at Virginia Union and rushed for 1,299 yards in 2016, only to go undrafted.

“I guess my past put me in this situation where I couldn’t be trusted. That’s understandable,? said Stanback, who never has been reluctant to discuss past transgressions. “I did things over and over to where I shouldn’t be trusted. It’s all on me. I blame myself.

“I wanted to show teams I’m not the guy from 2015. I’m a totally different guy, older and wiser. I just wanted to have one chance. When I saw everyone else getting drafted from schools you never heard of, it makes you feel down. It put me in this isolated predicament.?

Stanback said the Als called him periodically throughout 2017 but claimed he wasn’t sure how the system or process worked in the CFL. Translation — he was holding out hope for an NFL opportunity. Working as a delivery boy undoubtedly proved to be humbling, Stanback quickly realizing Montreal was his one, and only, hope to play professionally.

He has five carries this season for 56 yards but has been used extensively of late returning kicks. He has 17 for 429 yards (25.2-yard average).

“I like him because he can run back kickoffs, run over, around and through people,? (Mike) Sherman said. “It’ll be very interesting watching him play full time.

“I’ve had some great backs in my day. This guy’s the best pass blocker I’ve ever seen. He puts people on the ground. He’s also a very good screen runner. I think with the ball in his hands he’s contact, plus three (yards), plus four (yards). He’s a very significant force.?

Now that Stanback will be a regular contributor on offence, Sherman must contemplate to what extent he’ll be utilized on special teams. Sherman said the coaching staff will be prudent, knowing Canadian rookie Ryder Stone also is available. Regular return-specialist Stefan Logan, who’s on the six-game injured list, has resumed practising, but remains a week away from eligibility.

Oakie, thank you for the great article.

I don't quite understand why these Americans always often say that coming to the CFL, humbled them... Like what to they mean by that exactly?

I can think of 2 (but very different) interpretations of this:

(1) "I didn't think very highly of the caliber of CFL football, and I had to eat crow and humble myself to accept that it was my only option to play".

OR

(2) "The caliber of CFL play is much higher than I expected, and I am humbled (humiliated) by my lack of knowledge about the great players in the league".

Your pick! :-\

There is definitely no disrespect intended when Americans say this. Everyone down here knows that the CFL is a high-level professional league. That’s why thousands of guys always show up to pay hundreds of dollars to try out for CFL teams when they have American tryouts. When a young man grows up dreaming of playing pro ball for millions or even the rookie minimum of around $400,000 and ends up playing for $50,000 (that by the way doesn’t transfer as $50,000) they have to humble their million dollar attitudes and go back to their love of the game and the current team they are on. Money makes the world go round. I don’t think it’s personal.

I think those are three very good explanations.

Agreed!

I’m not suggesting it is personal. I just don’t get the point they are trying to make. What should be humbling is not coming to the CFL but being rejected by the NFL.

“Coming here to the CFL, it humbled me.”

There are many, many advantages to playing CFL ball, many guys leave playing the game here wealthier than NFL’ers who have an insanely high number of bankrupt and brokeass players leaving the game. They can take the entire Winter semester at College and advance their education, get the Grad degrees, start business or work in jobs to advance their next career.

Those who decide to remain benefit from the same generous safety nets Democrats dream of. Low Crime, Amazing air and water quality.

Anyway, that’s my view of things. Everybody dreams of winning the lottery I guess.

A guy saying that the CFL humbled him is only just telling HIS truth. I get your point of view. But I’ll respectfully say that more 10 year veterans of the NFL end up in a better financial life place than most 10 year CFL veterans.

The brokeass player who has years (6 or more) invested in the NFL thing is definitely more perception than reality. When a young kid dreams of playing in the NFL and actually gets an opportunity to put on a uniform in camp or regular season, the lottery has been won in their minds. And I could argue that there is some validity to that. Much different than dreaming it and never getting to sniff an opportunity.

On the flip side of that a lot of guys who go directly into the CFL without ever touching the NFL are less likely to see it as humbling and truly understand how fortunate they are to play in a great league.

I don’t agree with it but some football players in America are conditioned and therefore think a certain way when it comes to the money they play for. So if a guys Truth is that playing for less than what the contract was worth when he signed to the NFL humbled him, it’s just that…his truth! It’s very tough to suggest what should be humbling to another man IMHO.

By the way that line was hilarious. Can’t argue that. lol!

I’ll add one:

Coming to the CFL meant admitting that they were not going to get a spot in the NFL, unless they earn a chnace through the CFL

Yup 8)

Marc…

I honestly do not believe being humbled is about the caliber of other players in the CFL. Standback for example was offered a scholarship to only one Division 1 school. There were tons of players better than him, likely even at his only school.

I think it is more about how US Colleges (and sometimes even High School) treat their athletes, which is fairly luxuriously for just playing a revenue-generating sport. Almost always, an amateur D1 athlete playing big-time sports in the US is living more comfortably than a professional in a minor league. That is because there is just more money involved in the former even though officially, they do not directly get paid.