Yeow catching on to Stamps' systems

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

As his name was being plucked from the Ottawa Renegades carcass, Cam Yeow was busy taking notes.

Who knew it was the first step on a long road of learning?

Joining the Calgary Stampeders as a linebacker is a daunting educational task but Yeow was still in class at the University of Akron at the time.

It wasn't until he went home and scanned the Internet that he learned Calgary would be his next CFL home.

While finishing up his degree in communications in Akron, Yeow was getting constant updates from teammate Jason Kralt on the state of affairs in Ottawa.

He knew there were a lot of high-priced veterans on the roster, so it came as no surprise he was the first player with only one year of experience selected, at fourth overall.

"I was the extra-value meal," Yeow said. "So that's fine with me."

Two weeks before Stampeders training camp began, Yeow completed his university education.

He immediately jumped from that into learning Denny Creehan's defensive playbook. Despite only having one year of pro experience, Yeow has impressed the defensive co-ordinator through the first week of camp.

The 27-year-old is working at the linebacker position behind 2005 defensive player of the year John Grace.

Yeow has been surprised at how helpful all the veterans of Creehan's system are during camp.

"If they see me doing something wrong or if I ask them a question, they seem to want to help me out," said the Surrey, B.C., native. "I can learn a lot from Grace just by watching him.

"He does things the coach doesn't even have written or tell him to do. I just try to copy him and it seems to work."

The Renegades took Yeow with the second pick in the CFL Canadian college draft last season, after the Stamps picked Laval defensive lineman Miguel Robede.

Yeow went into 'Gades training camp off shoulder surgery and missed three games. He did play in 15 games for Ottawa, which missed the playoffs as the ownership situation deteriorated.

Joe Paopao was eventually fired as head coach and the team played the final regular-season game with the knowledge John Jenkins was being hired for 2006.

Despite the mess off the field, Yeow kept improving and was told by the new regime he would compete for a starting spot the following year.

"As for my season, I couldn't complain," Yeow said. "Coach Paopao is a really good person and I enjoyed being a player for him.

"As for the team, we got along well and there was a lot of good young talent. You will see a lot those guys do well around the league this season.

"All in all, it was a good experience for me ... but I'm glad where I am right now."

Many of Yeow's former teammates didn't find new homes, including his best friend on the team, Kralt.

"It's crappy, that's all I can say," Yeow said. "Guys like Kralt, he was satisfied because he had his military career going.

"Still, I knew he enjoyed the game and I hope he catches on somewhere this season. I haven't talked to him in a little bit."


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