Since getting an opportunity to run with the ball in the Ottawa Redblacks’ two CFL pre-season games, John Crockett has been practising and waiting for an opportunity to contribute.
Saturday against the Montreal Alouettes, the 27-year-old Crockett will finally get that chance. The Redblacks will dress two American running backs and it’s expected Crockett will get spot duty behind starter Mossis Madu.
“We’ll utilize both of them,” said Redblacks coach Rick Campbell Friday. “We’ve wanted to have him (on the roster), you have to juggle it when you put two American tailbacks in (the lineup). They’re similar in that they’re all-around backs —they can pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield and obviously run with it. They’re both very good from that standpoint.”
In Ottawa’s first pre-season game against Hamilton, Crockett rushed seven times for 54 yards. In the second pre-season game, against Montreal, he rushed four times for 14 yards and caught four passes for 38 yards.
“He looked really good in the pre-season,” said Campbell. “The thing we liked about him is he’s a hungry guy and he’s physical. He likes playing the game and he does a great job not only as a running back, but also on special teams.”
Now that he’s getting a chance, Crockett knows there will be plenty of eyes on what he does with the football in his hands.
“It’s kind of a cliché but you have to be like a dog out there,” he said. “There are a bunch of good players who are playing with the same goal. There’s only one football so you want to go out, have a chip on your shoulder and pose your dominance. If you don’t do it, somebody else will —you have to be hungry. Hopefully I’ll get out there and get a chance to shake things up.”
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