Blake hot for teachin'

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

For his third CFL training camp, Blake Machan showed up bronzed, buff and positively bouncing.

Could anyone really blame him?

The Calgary Stampeders receiver married his sweetheart Jennifer May 7, then spent the following seven days working on his tan during his honeymoon in the Mayan Riviera.

But getting hitched wasn't the only thing Machan accomplished this off-season.

The Rocky Mountain House product took a job working with receivers at the Jim Barker School of Football and built his body back into shape with a tough workout regimen on the side.

Instructing others has helped Machan hone his own game and he's made a name for himself at Stamps camp by being a bruising slotback with sure hands.

"Teaching someone always helps you learn more yourself. I think it has helped me," Machan said. "It helps teaching them for one-on-ones, showing them different leverages with DBs, how to make moves off them."

The University of Calgary product missed all of last season after injuring his shoulder diving for a catch in training camp. Although he has only seven CFL games on his resume, this is the third time Machan has been put through the two-a-day paces. He feels like a veteran now.

The biggest thing he's learned is to pick his spots when trying to make impressive plays. He's more of a possession, tight end type of a receiver as opposed to a game-breaker, so he won't try to be something he's not.

"The first thing the boys said when I got here was, 'You going to dive for any balls this year?' No way," the 6-ft. 4-in., 230-pounder said with a chuckle. "I'll leave those ones that are three or four feet out of bounds."

On a play in the practice before his injury, Machan puts his toes on the sideline and stretched out for a wide pass.

He hauled the ball in but his elbow jammed into the turf, aggravating his shoulder.

Later, he made a similar leaping play and his shoulder completely popped out.

He was done for the year.

"I dove for a catch in the morning and in the afternoon I blew my shoulder out diving for another catch on the grass," said Machan. "The morning practice was probably one of my best last year. For that to happen later that day ...

"As silly as it may sound, you have to keep yourself on the field to make an impact. You have to stay healthy."


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