Rookie Cote grabs CFL honour

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Last season's top Canuck, Brent Johnson, was named runner-up as the CFL Canadian of the week yesterday.

The winner: Rookie fullback Rob Cote of the Calgary Stampeders.

"I don't know what to say about that," Cote said yesterday upon being told the news.

"Brent was a guest coach at our spring camp last year (when he was with the Victoria Rebels junior team).

"He's a great guy and heck of a coach. Every play, he would get in there with the guys -- right into his stance. "

Cote, who celebrates his 21st birthday today, has been living in a dream the past few weeks. He cracked the Stamps roster out of training camp without having played a down of university ball.

In the home-opener, the Cochrane product caught a second-half touchdown from Henry Burris that started a celebration with friends and family in the stands.

The fullback finished with one rush for three yards and three catches for 20 yards, which were good enough for the weekly honours.

He puts his name next to Edmonton's Ricky Ray (offensive player of the week), B.C.'s Cameron Wake (defensive) and Toronto's Bashir Levingston (special teams).

As a fresh-faced rookie, Cote just hopes this is the beginning of a long CFL career and not the peak.

"People keep asking me what the biggest adjustment is to pro football, and I can't even tell you what the smallest one is," Cote said.

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