On the depth chart, Tyler Lynem was listed opposite Hamilton Tiger-Cats newcomer Anthony Collier.
When the right tackle hit the field last night in the Calgary Stampeders' 23-22 victory over the Ticats at McMahon Stadium, veteran end Tim Cheatwood was across from him.
Not an ideal matchup for your first pro start on the offensive line. A perennial all-star defensive lineman with the scent of easy prey.
Lynem, a University of Calgary product, managed to keep Cheatwood back when he had to and was an adequate replacement for veteran Jeff Pilon.
"Cheatwood is a great player," said the 25-year-old Lynem, who's in his third CFL season but only second on o-line.
"For a first test, it's nice to see how you match up against one of the best in the league. I was against him or Collier and they're both pretty good."
With sophomore John Comiskey making his first start at centre, the opportunity was there for some youngster jitters.
Comiskey, who started in Godrey Ellis' place, had a tough job but was solid snapping.
"I wanted to get rolling," Comiskey said. "I'm not satisfied with everything that happened but it was good. We still have to get better."
Both held their own on pass protection and run blocking. The Stamps held the Ticats to only one shot at quarterback Henry Burris.
"That one was my fault," said Lynem about the forced fumble by Collier in the fourth quarter. "That was a breakdown."