McCarty adapting to new role every year | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League Staff

EDMONTON -- Esks fullback Calvin McCarty doesn’t put a big emphasis on numbers.

If you look at his career stats, you may think his role is slowly diminishing.

“My role has continued to change with all the different coaches over the years, but I think that’s a big part of what’s kept me here. I’m able to adapt and do a lot of different things on the field,” says McCarty, who’s entering his eighth season with the Green and Gold.

“My style of game may not be filled with big juke cuts or runs, but if you give me four quarters in there, and the dust settles, I’ve affected the game in different aspects and it’s not just in the run column.”

McCarty has been a feature running back. In 2008, he recorded 1,073 combined yards and five touchdowns.

He’s also spent lots of time on the sidelines learning different aspects of the game.

He’s proven to be solid on special teams with 53 special teams tackles in his first seven seasons, a threat to catch the ball in the back field with over 1,400 career receiving yards and has evolved into a leader in the locker room.

Only one stat matters to him: The number of Grey Cup championships.

His game is focused on a “What do you need me to do now coach?” approach.

“When I look back at my second season in 2008, when I had over 1,000 all-purpose yards… when it came to the mental side of the game, I was out there just running around trying not to make mistakes,” says McCarty.

“There’s more to this game than being the guy who makes the big play. If I can be in there and help buy us some more time by making a key block, it’s just as good to me being on the other end of catching a screen pass, moving the chains and scoring a touchdown.”

When McCarty was drafted in 2007, he learned from veteran players who had Grey Cup experience – now he’s a veteran young Esks can lean on.

“Guys like A.J. Gass and Shannon Garrett, they were always willing to help me out both on and off the field, and they instilled a sense of pressure to perform,” recalls McCarty.

“The bar was set high and it’s my responsibility to carry it forward.”

“When you see the tradition and all the great players that have played for this organization, it motivates you to not just become a stat.

“I love the game and I know there are guys out there wishing they had this opportunity and I’m not going to be a squeaky wheel complaining about playing time or my role. I just want to contribute in any way I can to the team.”

Fan Comments
A great attitude for ANY player to have! It is, after all, a team sport!
March 31, 2014 - 8:54am
Weird story, McCarty had 9 carries last year and 12 the year before and hasn't been listed as a FB for several seasons. With the signing of Wright his days are numbered.
March 30, 2014 - 10:59pm
uh, it doesn't matter if he's listed as an FB, he IS an FB, plus an elite special teamer, and yet equally capable of being a feature back and catching passes too. If the Eskimos have half a brain, his days are not numbered but I'm sure there are eight other teams who would be thrilled if they are. McCarty is one of the most underrated players in the game
March 31, 2014 - 12:58am
Dude; ummm football isn’t a game of what have you done, it is what have you done lately? McCarty was elite special teamer, last year six others had more STT and Samules had double his numbers. Samules, Sharun, Miller and Gesse are all better special teamers at this point. Mike Cornell is the new versatile Canadian who plays LB/RB and ST and will contribute more. A far as making catches out the back field Charles had more catches and White had a better average last year. The only way McCarty sticks is if he can out block Wright and I am betting the bigger Wright will get the nod. I will give you this, McCarty will sign with the Lions where he will be an upgrade over Cronk and Lumbala.
April 01, 2014 - 8:08pm
als rule
and what C FB on any CFL team actually is involved in the offence anymore then McCarty?!! none!! the FB position is like a dying breed in the CFL as far as rushing/receiving yards or even being on the field with the offence!!
March 30, 2014 - 4:52pm