Homing in on goal

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Considering Tim O'Neill is spending his work days on the same turf where he played university ball, it's no wonder he is feeling at home.

The University of Calgary Dinos product was considered a longshot to make the Calgary Stampeders this season, but the 6-ft.-3, 305-lb. centre didn't see it that way.

"I never thought it was," said the 28-year-old, who will back up starter Rob Lazeo.

"I just tried to do what I could do and not worry about anything else.

"I focused on practicing hard and getting better.

I wanted to control what I can control and leave it at that."

O'Neill is one of eight offensive lineman on the active roster heading into the season-opener against the B.C. Lions Thursday night at McMahon Stadium.

With O'Neill making the roster, he is one of three Dinos on active rosters in the CFL. The others are offensive lineman Mark Dewitt in Toronto and linebacker Agustin Barrenechea in Edmonton.

NFL CUT JOINS PRACTICE SQUAD

The Stampeders revealed their practice roster yesterday and a newcomer joined the list of players cut Saturday.

Defensive lineman Julian Jenkins, a recent cut of the Denver Broncos, joined the club yesterday.

The 6-ft.-3, 277-lb. Stanford product played both defensive end and tackle in college.

The rest of the PR consists of DBs Milton Collins, Sean Manning and Willie Byrd, receivers James Banks and Reggie Williams and FB Jonathan Lapointe.

NUMBERS GAME

Several players switched numbers as camp broke. DB Dwight Anderson went from 40 to 33 after Trey Young was released. Long-snapper Randy Chevrier took Scott Coe's old No. 56 after jettisoning 76.

Defensive lineman Howard Hodges took Terrence Patrick's 93, DB Brandon Smith grabbed 28, while running back Demetris Summers picked up Kelvin Anderson's old No. 32.


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