Cool with school

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

The Stampeders' little family feud appears to be settled, although their favourite son will be off at college for another year.

Miguel Robede, the Stampeders' top pick in Thursday's CFL draft, has talked with his coaches to smooth over the misunderstanding after shocking his new team by choosing to return to Laval.

All parties now say they are anxious for his arrival in Calgary's camp next May.

Robede yesterday talked to Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins and d-line coach Casey Creehan, with both offering their support for his choice.

"They said they respect my decision and that I have a good head on my shoulders," Robede said yesterday from his home in Ste-Foy, a suburb of Quebec City.

"They're fired up to get me next year. Coach Higgins told me we'll see each other over this season. They hope I win another Vanier Cup and I hope for him he wins the Grey Cup."

The 23-year-old Robede expects to finish his administration degree while playing one final season of college football.

He also shot down rumours he is seeking a trade or that he may enter next year's NFL draft.

"Not at all," said the 6-ft. 3-in., 288-lb. defensive lineman.

"People should understand I'm proud of being a Stampeder and of being part of Calgary and I just want people to know I'm excited about playing there.

"I didn't want to deceive anyone and I want to make sure everybody knows I gave the effort for three years to get my degree, not for nothing. I want to finish it, don't have any half measures. When I play for Calgary, I want to play for real and help the team win the Grey Cup."

Creehan said he would have preferred Robede attend camp, which begins later this month, but he respects the draft pick's decision.

"They told us at the last minute and we would rather have known earlier but I don't think it would have changed our decision," Creehan said.

"He was the best guy in the draft.

"Selfishly, I'd love to start working with him and teach him more of our program but for him to play another year of college ball and finish his academics, he'll be an even better prospect next year."

The Stampeders also enjoy Canadian depth on the defensive line, with both Sheldon Napastuk and free-agent signee Randy Chevrier.

"You never want to put a label on somebody before they come into camp but we have two older guys in that position that are both pretty polished," Creehan said.

"I'm not saying Miguel could have come in and beat them out but he could have learned the ropes a little bit. We drafted him to fill a need in two years."


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