Trey, try again

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

As he prepares to make his CFL debut, Trey Young has thought plenty of the man who helped keep his football dreams alive.

Yet the coach Young has in mind has nothing to do with football.

After graduating from the University of Montana in 2002, Young's playing options were limited by his size. The Calgary Stampeders linebacker took a job in public relations at the university and kept working out on campus in hopes of catching a break.

It was there assistant track coach Brian Schweyen offered to teach Young the finer points of running.

The 25-year-old learned how to break off the ball, change direction and fly to an open spot on the field.

Since coming to Calgary as a free agent, Young has impressed Stamps defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan with his quickness.

"Brian kept me going, just being out there with him," said Young, who will play linebacker tomorrow against Winnipeg in place of George White, who is recovering from a hamstring injury.

"He would have me doing sprints on the track and then come in and do some field work. It was just me but the motivation was there to have somebody help out.

"At first, I was doing all my training on my own. He saw me in the gym and said, 'Hey Trey, I'll help you out.'

"I said, 'Is it free? I can't afford you now.' It worked out well. I told him I would look out for him once I got a real cheque. I'm happy here and this is a great chance."

Young had an impressive college stint at Montana, winning the Div. I-AA national title in 2001 and following that up by being named Big Sky Conference MVP and Grizzlies top defensive player the next season.

His smaller stature -- generously listed at 6 ft., 210 lb. -- had NFL scouts looking past him.

Creehan isn't worried one bit about throwing Young into his complicated defence.

"He's young and there will be some growing pains but if you saw him in the Saskatchewan exhibition game, as soon as he went in, he picked up an interception, a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery," said Creehan. "He's really a good player, very talented."

GET OUT THE WALLET: Getting the starting nod against Winnipeg is a costly move for OL Godfrey Ellis. The Stampeders offensive line has instituted a fine system every time one of their names appears in the media.

Being quoted by the media costs you $5, while a photo is worth the same. The fines could be waived if the player isn't talking about himself but that hasn't happened with Ellis, who's receiving plenty of press about his first CFL start in replacing left tackle Alexandre Gauthier.

Head coach Tom Higgins likes the idea of the lineman having some fun.

"This is costly for Godfrey," Higgins said. "It's in jest and it's not big dollars but someone like him who's not making a lot of money, this will hurt."

Fellow rookie John Comiskey will dress in the roster spot for Gauthier. Just so we don't play favourites, the other o-linemen playing this week are Jamie Crysdale, Jay McNeil, Jeff Pilon, Taylor Robertson and David De La Perralle.

FIELD GOALS: DL Demetrious Maxie was named lineman of the week for recording two sacks against Toronto ... Ottawa QB Kerry Joseph and Toronto LB Michael Fletcher were the top offensive and defensive players, respectively ... RB Ronney Jenkins (hamstring) is iffy for tomorrow's game. If he can't go, expect Tony Stallings to get the call. CB Ben Kelly (hamstring) is out and Jacoby Shepherd will take his roster spot.


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