Emmert headlines rookie camp

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

One of rookie Tyler Emmert's specialties is mathematics, so it's no surprise the 23-year-old from Montana is busy figuring out his part in the B.C. Lions' quarterbacking equation.

"My dad called me up and said 'hey can you make it?'" Emmert told 24 hours yesterday.

"I said if they're going to keep four quarterbacks, I've got a pretty good shot. If they're keeping three quarterbacks, it's going to be extremely hard."

Emmert led Carroll College to four consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' championships while majoring in civil engineering with minors in business administration and mathematics.

"There are striking similarities between those things," he said. "Whether it's a building or breaking down a defense, you schematically plan out what you're going to do."

Emmert arrived Friday at the Lions' Whalley training facility and reports to Lions' rookie camp in Abbotsford today. Veterans show up Sunday.

He'll be competing with returnees Jarious Jackson and Buck Pierce to back-up Dave Dickenson when B.C. kicks off the Canadian Football League season June 16 against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"When you watch film, the quarterbacks they have now don't miss and the ball is delivered on-time. It's not a situation where you're going to get in because the other QBs are making mistakes. You've got to prove yourself."

Emmert said he's "honoured" to be alongside Dickenson, a legend back home because he quarterbacked the University of Montana Grizzlies to 1995's NCAA division I-AA championship.


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