Hi ho, it's off to camp for Leos

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

It's off to camp for the B.C. Lions, who will call the "city in the country" their home through May 28.

Sunday begins a week of twice daily training sessions at Abbotsford's Rotary Stadium to prepare for a June 2 exhibition game against the Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Place Stadium.

Rookies arrived Wednesday and continue workouts today. All players undergo medical exams tomorrow.

Lions won 11 straight games to start 2005, but finished 1-6 and lost the western final to eventual Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos.

"We've addressed certain issues that we definitely feel are going to help this football club, it's not just a personnel process," head coach and general manager Wally Buono said.

"We've revised some of our coaching philosophy, some of our strategy as to how we're going to play offense and defense."

Dave Dickenson is the undisputed No. 1 quarterback after Casey Printers' January departure to the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

Last year's understudies Jarious Jackson and Buck Pierce, along with rookie Tyler Emmert, will jockey to backup Dickenson.

"I don't think I'll play as much in the preseason," Dickenson said. "I'll let the other guys battle it out and really try to be ready to get out there and have a good start."

The club ends training camp with a May 28 scrimmage and autograph session with fans.

Lions announced the comeback yesterday of 32-yearold non-import fullback Mark Nohra and the signing of offensive lineman Rob Murphy.

Nohra was sidelined with a knee injury in 2004 and missed 2005. Murphy, 29, had stints with four NFL teams from 2000 to 2004.


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