Cassidy Doneff has ran hundreds of kilometres in 15- to 20-yard bursts just to get where he is right now.
He wore a Calgary Stampeders jersey while doing it but never knew for sure if he would ever get a chance to get into a real CFL game.
Stamps head coach Tom Higgins said yesterday all that practice time has paid off for Doneff. He suits up tonight against the Edmonton Eskimos in a CFL pre-season game.
"He's had a nice camp and might get more than a quarter," Higgins said about the Calgary Colts junior player who spent all of 2006 running routes on scout team and was invited to training camp. Doneff can't wait to take the field.
"I'm thrilled about this," said Doneff. "For the past two years, this was my goal. I've practised hard and wanted a chance in a game. Now it's a matter of taking what I learned and using it in a game."
With plenty of college eligibility left, there is no rush for Doneff.
The first pre-season game marks the debut of the new crew on CHRQ radio.
Former sideline reporter Jock Wilson moves up to the booth as show host, while Billy Powers will act as co-host. The pre-game show begins an hour and half before each game this season, with the Labour Day broadcast beginning two hours before kickoff.
Mark Stephen and Greg Peterson have the call as usual but former Stampeders players Scott Deibert and Rocco Romano will rotate as new sideline reporters.
After the final gun, Wilson and Powers will open up the phone lines immediately, bypassing the old post-game show.