Walton draws tough assignment

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

Shane Walton's first encounter with Anthony Calvillo and the Montreal Alouettes felt like a different world.

He wasn't used to the speed the Als receivers brought to the table.

Calvillo ran his yardage total to more than 400, throwing several of those long passes Walton's way. Not exactly a good way for Walton start a CFL career but the Stamps came away with a victory.

"I didn't know what the heck I was doing in the first game," Walton said yesterday as he prepared for today's rematch with the Als at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m.).

"It was my first CFL game and my first one in a year and half. I was just trying to get my bearings. It was rough, really weird.

"There were people coming from everywhere. The receivers were in motion and I'm not used to that. It was different and difficult but I've been getting used to it."

But, since joining the Stamps in August, Walton has steadily impressed the coaches with his ability to blanket some of the best receivers in this league. He was matched up with Tony Miles in Toronto, put a blanket over D.J. Flick in Hamilton and held Jason Tucker to minimal yardage in back-to-back games against Edmonton. Now there's a new test. Walton is lining up across from perennial all-Canadian Ben Cahoon.

"I look forward to the challenge," Walton said. "It was the same thing with Tucker in Edmonton. You're not a real DB if you don't like to play against the best."


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