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SportsBlue Bombers' Andrew Harris looking to build off back-to-back rushing titles

15:10  12 june  2019
15:10  12 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WINNIPEG — Andrew Harris has the opportunity to make Blue Bombers history this season.

The all-star running back enters his 10th CFL season on the heels of consecutive league rushing titles. No Winnipeg tailback has ever claimed three straight.

"I had no idea about that stat," Harris said after Tuesday's practice when asked about the rare trio of titles. "For me, it's honestly just about contributing to the team in the best way to help the team win.

"If that means rushing the ball a bunch of times to receive the rushing title and that comes along the way, then so be it. Obviously it's a goal, but it's not something that's make-or-break for myself or something that I'll be upset about if it doesn't happen."

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back is ready to pound out the yards to try for a second straight victory over the Toronto Argonauts Friday night. Winnipeg Blue Bombers ’ Andrew Harris heads into his big weekend on a tear, having rushed for more than 100 yards in three straight games.

The 32-year-old Harris and the Bombers open their CFL season on Saturday on the road against the B.C. Lions.

Harris joined his hometown club in 2016 after six seasons with B.C. The change of scenery ignited him into becoming a dual threat.

He won his first career rushing title in 2017 with 189 carries for 1,035 yards in 18 games. His 105 catches for 857 yards were also a CFL record for receptions by a running back. Last season, he racked up a personal-best 1,390 yards rushing off 239 carries in 18 games and added 58 catches for 451 yards.

The Bombers have had four running backs win two consecutive titles: Charles Roberts (2005-06), Mike Richardson (1992-93), Robert Mimbs (1990-91) and Willard Reaves in 1984 and '85.

The last player from any team to win three rushing titles in a row was Calgary's Canadian tailback Jon Cornish from 2012-14. Saskatchewan's George Reed holds the consecutive record with five from 1965-69. Montreal's Mike Pringle won four straight from 1997-2000.

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While Harris is primed to help the Blue Bombers end their 28-year Grey Cup drought, the team's offensive line is facing manpower challenges that could impact performance.

All-star centre Matthias Goosen retired to become a police officer in B.C., while guard Sukh Chungh signed as a free agent with his home province Lions.

Injury problems also surfaced for the offensive line during training camp as veteran guard Patrick Neufeld didn't practise at all because of an undisclosed injury.

Aside from being the horses who block for Harris, the unit is also tasked with giving quarterback Matt Nichols time to throw and keeping him upright.

"Guys have stepped in, did a great job," Nichols said. "We have enough veteran guys still in there that if someone does make a wrong call or is unsure, we have those veterans guys in there that get everyone on the same page."

Chris Streveler remains Nichols' backup and rookie Sean McGuire won the third spot over veteran Bryan Bennett.

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Running back Andrew Harris was back practising with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Wednesday. Harris left Winnipeg's 31-14 win over Montreal on Friday night in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury. He took a low hit from Alouettes defensive back Dominique Ellis and

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris did not practice with the team on Wednesday, according to a report from BlueBombers .com’s Ed Tait. Harris was spotted watching from the sidelines, along with receiver Weston Dressler and defensive back Kevin Fogg.

Nichols has been at the helm as the Bombers reached the playoffs in each of the past three years and he wants to hoist the Grey Cup in his fifth season wearing blue and gold.

"I think that we have the talent to be better than we were last year," Nichols said. "All that's fun to talk about, but we need to go out and play good on game day, week in and week out, and put ourselves in the position we want to be in."

Winnipeg made some key acquisitions through free agency, including receiver Chris Matthews, defensive lineman Willie Jefferson and defensive back Winston Rose.

The secondary needed holes plugged after veteran cornerback Chris Randle was released and signed with Ottawa. All-star safety Taylor Loffler left for Montreal and Kevin Fogg was signed by Toronto.

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AT A GLANCE

HEAD COACH: Mike O'Shea, entering his sixth season

LAST YEAR: 10-8, lost West Division final to the Calgary Stampeders

KEY PLAYERS: QB Matt Nichols. The 32-year-old pivot adjusted his diet and workout routine in the off-season to improve his mobility and overall health.

WR Chris Matthews. The 2012 CFL most outstanding rookie is back where it started. He joined Calgary late last season after four seasons in the NFL. His six-foot-five frame should be a favourite target for Nichols.

DL Willie Jefferson: The six-foot-seven, two-time CFL all-star was a key free-agent acquisition who could give Winnipeg a dominant duo off the edge with Jackson Jeffcoat.

THE BIGGEST QUESTION: Can a revamped offensive line protect Nichols and open holes for Harris?

Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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