In an apparent effort to kick-start a languishing ground game, the Ticats are benching veteran running back C.J. Gable in favour of second-year man Ross Scheuerman for this Saturday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Scheuerman played in three games last season making one start but it was a good one: he had 16 carries for 79 yards as well as five catches for 40 yards in a 20-17 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 16.
Unfortunately, Scheuerman broke his wrist in that same contest and missed the remainder of the season.
He’ll replace Gable, who had five carries for nine yards in the season-opening loss to the Toronto Argonauts on June 26. The 2013 East Division Most Outstanding Rookie, Gable is in his fifth season 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.
The Ticats have often neglected the run game under head coach Kent Austin. They were eighth in the CFL in rushing attempts in 2015 and ran just 24 per cent of the time last season, tied with the Riders for dead last.
Hamilton is expected to make a number of other roster moves ahead of Saturday’s contest, including the insertion of receivers Jalen Saunders and Junior Collins into the line up. They’ll replace Terrence Toliver, who injured his knee against Toronto, and Kevin Elliott, who had two catches for 18 yards against Toronto.
Defensive back Abdul Kanneh did not on Thursday, meaning it is extremely unlikely he’ll play Saturday.