Queen's Golden Gaels fans might be able to stop asking when they are going to see Marty Gordon in the backfield.
An informed source says the fifth-year tailback, who's been day-to-day with a hamstring problem, is going to make his 2009 debut when No. 4 Queen's visits Windsor on Saturday. Not to play trainer, but four games into the season with Windsor and Waterloo next on the schedule is probably a good time to see what the shifty scatback-type can contribute to Queen's offence and special teams.
Injuries have led to Gordon having a checkered career at Queen's. He and Mike Giffin had comparable statistics as rookies in 2005. Gordon went out with a knee injury early in '06 (and his absence was felt as Queen's offence was peaks-and-valleys much of that fall) and then Giffin became MIKE GIFFIN the following two seasons.
The plan all along for Queen's was to have a platoon deal with Gordon and Jimmy Therrien, who pulled the offence out of the muck for two games while Dan Brannagan was out with what some wags called an upper, upper-body injury. Therrien deserves a lot of credit for buoying the running game in the early part of the season. Having Gordon (not to mention youngster Ryan Granberg, who ran well during the window-dressing stage of last week's York game) available means Therrien might be more freed up to help on special teams. It would be a nice story if Gordon, a Kingstonian from La Salle Secondary, can stay healthy and contribute for Queen's in the second half of the season.