Young remains true to his school

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

Trey Young didn't just make a name for himself last season by winning the starting safety job with the Calgary Stampeders.

He also may have put the University of Montana Grizzlies on the map with the CFL club's coaches.

During this off-season, the Stamps looked closely at several of Young's former teammates and brought two to camp.

Both David Decoite and Kevin Edwards are vying for spots with Denny Creehan's defence and neither would have been as highly touted coming in if not for Young's play in 2005.

"Not everybody from Montana is going to make it here but you know because Trey has done so well that the level of football down there is comparable to us," said Creehan, the Stamps' defensive co-ordinator and associate head coach.

Decoite is now a linebacker who played safety alongside Young at Montana, while Edwards is trying to crack the roster at defensive back.

Creehan has seen game tape of Decoite and said the 25-year-old has the ability to deliver punishing blows, much like Young did in his rookie season with the Stamps.

Said Decoite: "I'm more of a game player, I think. I like to go out there and hit big."

HOLD THE LINE: The Stampeders will field the same starting offensive line with which they ended the 2005 season.

According to offensive co-ordinator-offensive line coach Steve Buratto, that type of consistent personnel is an asset early in the season.

"It's important to have continuity within that group in particular," Buratto said.

"So many of the things they do they have to do in direct concert with the other guy.

"If you have to wait to communicate during a play, it's too late.

"You have to recognize it and trust that the guy next to you sees the same things you do and react to it in the same way.

"That's difficult."

Second-year player Godfrey Ellis replaced the retired Jamie Crysdale at centre late last season.

Jay McNeil is back at left guard and Alex Gauthier returns for his second year at left tackle. Taylor Robertson will start at right guard while seven-year Stamps vet Jeff Pilon is at right tackle.

Newcomers Karl Ortmanns, Max Ivanov, Derek Armstrong and Riley Clayton are competing with returnees John Comiskey, Kyler Jukes and Tyler Lynem for backup spots.

POINTS AFTER: The Stamps will hold a intrasquad game after an 8 a.m. practice today and both sessions are open to the public at McMahon Stadium ... The Stamps yesterday released non-import wide receiver Andrew Ginther.


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