Gonna be hard day's McKnight

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

TORONTO -- Matt McKnight went to bed early last night. He knew he'd need all the rest he could get.

The 26-year-old will make his first pro start at safety tonight for the Calgary Stampeders, replacing the recently traded Wes Lysack.

McKnight will continue to handle his special-teams duties as well.

"It's going to be a bit of a cardio workout," he said.

Nevertheless, McKnight is ready to show what he can do.

"This is my third season in the league and I've played in games at corner, halfback, outside linebacker, safety," said the sophomore out of Waterloo. "I've been in there but I haven't started a game yet."

McKnight, who was activated for four of the final five games last season, said the limited experience he has will be beneficial tonight.

"It helps just being on the field enough to understand what's going on and be relaxed about it and know that you can do the things you need to do," he said.

He realizes his time has come and the club has shown confidence in him by dealing Lysack.

"The trade was a shock to us all. We lost some leaders in (Joe) Fleming, Scott (Regimbald) and Wes. Now other guys have to step up and fill the void they leave. I'm definitely excited and ready for the opportunity."


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