MONTREAL -- It hasn’t taken long for Chris Jennings to make an impression on his head coach.
Thrust into the starting running back spot after injuries ended Brandon Whitaker’s season and temporarily took Victor Anderson out of the lineup, the bruising back has not only filled in admirably but will earn the start Sunday afternoon versus the Toronto Argonauts in the Alouettes’ Eastern Final at Olympic Stadium.
Starting the last three games for the Als, Jennings has accumulated a solid 206 yards on the ground off of 31 carries.
A 225-pounder, Jennings is a different type of back then his predecessors Whitaker and Anderson, often opting to run over people rather than around them. However, Marc Trestman says that his running style doesn’t change anything for the Alouettes as far as scheming goes.
“We do the same things with Chris that we did with Brandon and Victor but we have to do it with different people”, Trestman said. “It starts with protection and goes from there. We have seen a general ascending aspect to Chris play the last few weeks and we expect it to continue”.
Jennings was re-acquired by the Als back on September 19th after the severity of Whitaker’s injury was learned.
The native of Ashland, Ky., dressed on special teams for one game with the Als in 2008. He returned the following season, but was the victim of a backfield that already boasted Whitaker and then-starter Avon Cobourne.