Young talent emerges

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

For five games he was Young and restless, now he's Young and working full-time.

Trey Young, the Stampeders backup import linebacker/defensive back played well enough against Winnipeg in his first start at safety to win the job for the foreseeable future.

Although out-matched by Bombers veteran receiver Milt Stegall for a touchdown, Young made his presence known with a couple of hard hits while getting in on several tackles. Young's mom, brother and a friend came up from San Diego to attend the game and the University of Montana grad put on quite a show.

"I try to be as physical as I can be, read the quarterback and make some breaks on some balls," said Young, 25, a first-year Stampeder who started in place of Don McGee.

Young smacked Bombers wide receiver Jamie Stoddard but said defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan would have preferred an interception.

"It felt good to hit him hard but I think coach Creehan was a little mad at me because I could have had the pick," Young said.

Defensive backs coach Tim Burke said Young likely earned the starting job with his consistent physical play.

"He was very active, in on nine tackles and had a pass breakup because he came over and knocked the crap out of somebody," Burke said.

"He was very physical. He had three hits where he put guys on their backs. You want a guy back there who makes guys afraid to go across the middle or go deep down the middle of the field. I think our next few opponents are going to see that there's a guy back there, that if you come into his territory he's going to knock you for a loop."

McGee had just five defensive tackles and one pass knockdown in five starts.

GLENN AILING: A quarterback's effectiveness begins and ends with the thumb on his throwing hand. If it's not 100% healthy, well, there's not much point in playing. And that means Winnipeg Blue Bombers No. 1 quarterback Kevin Glenn, who has an injured right thumb, could be in danger of missing his fourth start in eight games this Saturday against Hamilton.

"With something like this, you want to be able to function right," Glenn said. "I don't want to be out there and one out of every two passes is not right.

COSTLY LOSS: The Montreal Alouettes will be without star slotback Ben Cahoon for four-to-six weeks. Cahoon fractured his left wrist and left elbow in Thursday's 42-13 victory over Saskatchewan.


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