Stamps' Charleston Hughes remains iffy for West final

 

 
 
 
 
Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Charleston Hughes rushed Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall during first quarter CFL action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on October 5, 2013.
 

Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Charleston Hughes rushed Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall during first quarter CFL action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on October 5, 2013.

Photograph by: Colleen De Neve, Calgary Herald

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CALGARY - The availability of Charleston Hughes, slowed by a lingering foot injury, for the Nov. 23rd West Division final remains a mystery.

The familiar No. 39 was back out on the field on a biting mid-November morning, but he wasn’t exactly pedal-to-the-metal as the Calgary Stampeders reconvened Friday after a day off during the bye week.

“I feel pretty good,” Hughes said afterwards. “It’s one of those things where I’m just kinda taking it more slowly than the last time. I think I jumped into it a little too fast last time, tried to come back a little too early.

“So I’m just taking it easy right now.”

The star rush end wouldn’t go so far as to call himself “optimistic” for the West final.

“I guess the best way to describe it at this point is: I still don’t know. Only the future will tell. I don’t know if I can play or not, or even if I’ll be ready for the Grey Cup or not. It’s just one of those things. I can’t rush it. I can’t change it.”

Cornish happy to three-peat

For tailback Jon Cornish, the Canadian Football League’s reigning Most Outstanding Player, a third rushing title in three years netted him a chance to represent the West and repeat as Most Outstanding Canadian despite an injury-abbreviated campaign.

“It’s another, I guess, accomplishment,”  Cornish said of his Top Canadian bid. “I’d say the season as a whole wasn’t the way I wanted it to. If I’d played a few more games, we might be talking about another award, but …”

The odds-on-favorite to best East representative Ricky Ray and succeed Cornish as MOP is the B.C. Lions’ tackle-happy linebacker Solomon Elimimian. No defensive player has ever won the award.

“I think it’s time for a defensive guy,” Cornish said. “The season that defences have had this year. Maybe they’ve benefited from (facing) younger quarterbacks or offences having new schemes and stuff but defences across the board have done very well. Even Ottawa had a great defence.

“So for Solomon Elimimian to be the representative out of the West, I think that nothing could be more fitting for the season.”

Chevy hauls in community award

If ever an award fit a person, the Herm Harrison Award fits Randy Chevrier.

Named for the late, great Stamp, the distinction singles out a Stampeders player who has distinguished himself in the field of community service.

“It’s an honour to win an award bearing Herm’s name,” Chevrier said on Friday. “I had the pleasure of meeting him and knowing him all my years in Calgary until he unfortunately passed last year.

“The things he’s done in the community, with he influence he had, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do as a professional athlete. Not just play the sport but become what I looked up to in my heroes as a kid. The only way I know to do that is in helping people whenever I can.”

The veteran long-snapper is the Stampeders’ team spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society and is a prominent advocate for PinkPower, the team’s annual program to raise money and awareness in the battle against women’s cancers.

“I remember in 2005 when I got here we didn’t really have much of a community program. I used to have to fight Geo (equipment manager George Hopkins) and (then-media relations man) Kelsey Goldade to get my jersey and a couple guys’ jerseys so we could go to the kids’ hospital, get some pens and sign some autographs on blank pieces of paper.

“That was 10 years ago. And we’re at the point where that program is an actual, official sponsored program where we go with pens and posters, and we hand out tickets and guys have jerseys for promotional appearances.”

SHORTS: The Stamps have added Canadian running back and kick returner Bo Palmer to the practice roster.

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Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Charleston Hughes rushed Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall during first quarter CFL action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on October 5, 2013.
 

Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Charleston Hughes rushed Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall during first quarter CFL action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on October 5, 2013.

Photograph by: Colleen De Neve, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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