Born in Waco, Texas, the 25-year-old Cameron Wake signed with the Lions as a free agent from the NFL's New York Giants in May 2007 and made an immediate impact. He earned Defensive Player of the week honours in the CFL's first week for his seven tackles and three quarterback sacks in his first game with the Leos, a 24-22 win over the Toronto Argonauts. This 6'3, 241-pound behemoth continues to impress, with 10 sacks and 44 tackles to his name so far this season.
24 hours: In college you split your time between linebacker and defensive end. Which do you prefer?
#91 Cameron Wake: I think I'm falling in love with the D-line now, being a rusher, but you can't replace that smash mouth football feel, running up and hitting a lineman in the mouth. I do miss that.
24: How do you feel after making a sack?
#91: It's like a surge goes through your body, a feeling of elation. You accomplished your goal. It's your goal every play to get to the quarterback. Knowing you did your job and celebrating with your teammates is great.
24: What's your favourite way to celebrate a sack?
#91: It's usually doing something with the teammates. We don't formally get together and discuss celebrations. Whatever move it is, usually I throw up the 'X', or Aaron Hunt does the donut dance or we fly. It's kind of all spur of the moment.
24: How are you finding your rookie season in the CFL and with the Lions?
#91: I've had a lot of fun. It started off with me trying to find my place, but everyday, getting to know the guys a bit and the coaches better, getting to know the city better, everything's falling into place. I'm feeling comfortable with the plays, the schemes, the defence, all that and just being more comfortable. When you're comfortable you make plays, so I'm having a good time.
24: Were you surprised to be named CFL Defensive Player of the Week in your debut week in the league?
#91: It came as a bit of a surprise, but that was one of those things where you come to the league as an unknown guy, you want to go in there and establish yourself, prove yourself to your teammates and coaches and people in the rest of the league. Let people know, 'Hey, this guy's a player and we have to watch out for him.'
24: You majored in sociology in college. If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?
#91: I'd probably be in law school right now. That's kind of the plan I had going if football didn't work out. I told myself if worst came to worst, I could go to law school later, but you want to play football for so long and I'm going to ride the wave as long as I can.