Rollying with the punches

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

Rolly Lumbala's NFL dreams are on hold.

But the Calgarian said he'll use the experience he gained at last weekend's rookie/free agent camp in Miami to his advantage as he tries to carve out a career in the CFL.

"I did learn a lot," the fullback said of his brief tryout with the Miami Dolphins.

"It was a good experience, and I felt I did pretty good.

"Unfortunately, it didn't go my way."

Lumbala, who was selected ninth overall by the B.C. Lions in last week's CFL draft, got caught in a numbers game with the Fins. Miami chose to sign players at other positions, where it was weaker.

He said he hasn't closed the door completely on the NFL, but he's focused on cracking the Lions lineup now.

"We'll see what happens," he said. "I have to learn the game and perform in the CFL, which is a very competitive league.

"If the opportunity comes again, we'll see where I'm at."

Lumbala has three final exams to write before graduating from the University of Idaho Saturday. The former St. Francis Browns running back said he's looking forward to playing the Canadian game.

"The field is a lot smaller, and there are a lot bigger guys (down south)," he said." Up here, the game is fast. It's a totally different world."

But it's not one he's unfamiliar with. He grew up watching the CFL, although he won't admit to being a Calgary Stampeders fan.

"I don't know if I should answer that question," he said with a laugh, when asked if he rooted for the Red and White.

STAMPS BEEF UP DEFENCE

The Calgary Stampeders signed a trio of players yesterday.

Linebackers Saleem Rasheed, a third-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2002, and Charleston Hughes, and defensive lineman Funtaine Hunter have inked deals with the club.

Rasheed played five years in the NFL, including four with the Niners and most recently with the Houston Texans.

"He's an aggressive player and big hitter who has good range at the linebacker position," said Stamps head coach/GM John Hufnagel said of Rasheed.

ARGOS INK TOP PICK

The Toronto Argonauts signed rookie receiver Mike Bradwell, their first selection (second round) in last week's draft.


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