Aiming for a repeat

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The B.C. Lions and their head coach Wally Buono have never won back-to-back Grey Cups.

Yesterday they took the first step on the path to fix Canadian Football League history.

The Lions began the 2007 training camp in Abbotsford under cloudy skies and broke at midday just before the clouds did.

Ricky Foley, picked fourth overall in last year's draft, showed up with a chance to be a starter in the defensive end spot vacated when Chris Wilson was signed by the NFL's Washington Redskins.

"It's just all comfort factor right now, I know all the guys' personalities, I know all the coaches' personalities," said Foley, who was drafted out of York University. "They know mine, they know what I can do."

Foley, who turns 25 on Saturday, is competing with Eugene Kwarteng (Louisiana-Lafayette) and ex-New York Giant Derek Wake (Penn State) for the defensive end position on a line with Brent Johnson, Tyrone Williams and Aaron Hunt. Johnson was the top Canadian and defensive player in the league last season while Hunt was rookie of the year. Williams didn't get a trophy, but was a league all-star.

"It's great to come into a position like this when you've got the best D-line in the league," Foley said.

Johnson said Wilson is going to be missed, but isn't irreplaceable.

"A lot of that is up to Rick, what he's going to bring to the table," Johnson said. "He's got every possible skill and we're excited about him. He deserves to be out there, he deserves to be fighting for the position." 


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