First-overall pick finally gets his chance

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

There was a joyful bounce in Miguel Robede's step all week, but yesterday, there was a serious tone in his voice.

The sophomore defensive lineman found out Wednesday he would see his first action of the season when the Calgary Stampeders take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders today at McMahon Stadium (2 p.m., CBC).

Robede know this is his chance to prove the Stamps made the correct decision by making him the first-overall pick in 2006 CFL Canadian college draft.

"When you are really hungry, the steak is that much better," said the 26-year-old Laval product, who's been a healthy scratch all year.

"I'm really hungry. Whichever position they put me in, I will be hungry for anything."

Robede will play on some special teams units and rotate through the defensive line to spell off the starters.

When defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan was fired early this week, it may have spelled the end of the three-four system the Stamps have run since 2004.

Secondary coach Tim Burke took over for Creehan and said during the news conference Robede would get a chance as changes are made going forward.

Robede, a 6-ft.-4, 280-pounder, is likely more suited for a four-lineman system.


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