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Morris: Stamps still looking for consistency in run game

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An injury to Bo Levi Mitchell in the second game of the season focused a lot of attention on the Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback position.

Nick Arbuckle stepped in and proved he could be the answer. But questions still swirl around the defending Grey Cup champions anemic running attack.

Heading into Saturday’s game against the Montreal Alouettes, the Stampeders are eighth in the CFL with just 548 rushing yards and are last in the league averaging 4.2 yards a rush.

“I’m not sure we’ve seen the Calgary Stampeders be eighth in the league in rushing at this point of the season,” said Jon Cornish, the former Calgary running back who recently was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. “That’s not normally how it goes.”

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Calgary Stampeders running back Ka’Deem Carey takes the hand-off out of the backfield from quarterback Nick Arbuckle (Larry MacDougal/CFL.ca)

The Stampeders have gained over 100 rushing yards in a game only twice this season. They have been held to under 60 yards five times. The most any one player has collected in a game is Ka’Deem Carey’s 70 yards on nine carries against Ottawa July 25.

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