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Morris: Stanback, Als rumbling towards playoffs

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Slower is better for William Stanback.

The big Montreal Alouettes running back already has more yards in 11 games this year than he did in 16 during his rookie 2018 season. He attributes his upward trend to an improved understanding of the CFL game and feeling more comfortable in the Montreal offensive scheme.

“The game has slowed down a lot more for me,” said the 25-year-old from Hempstead, N.Y. “I’m seeing things in a different perspective. Things are coming to me much easier than it was last year.”

There were times last season when Stanback faced a difficult learning curve, despite collecting 539 yards on 81 carries.

“Now, if I hear something, I know it like second nature,” he said. “I’m just comfortable with the guys in the locker room. We just all believe in one another.”

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Montreal Alouettes running back William Stanback carries the ball out of the backfield against the Edmonton Eskimos (Peter McCabe/CFL.ca)

Despite missing two games with an injury, Stanback has rushed for 895 yards and five touchdowns on 139 carries in his sophomore campaign. He’s third in the league in rushing, just 55 yards behind Edmonton’s C.J. Gable.

Montreal head coach Khari Jones said Stanback remains a work in progress but has frightening potential.

“He’s just an energy guy, a guy that is just a beast,” said Jones. “He’s........