Lysack forgotten but not gone

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

CALGARY -- If this is a Wes Lysack comeback, it's news to the Calgary Stampeders' safety.

"I never went anywhere," the six-year veteran said. "I was just in a situation where I wasn't given an honest opportunity to win a job. I said if I got an honest opportunity to do a job, I would take it."

So, credit Lysack with keeping his chin up over the past year when he was basically a special-teams player under former co-ordinator Denny Creehan.

The Winnipeg native came back this season on the promise the Stamps were going to use a Canadian at safety and he would get a chance to win the starting job, which he did.

The Stamps signed former Montreal Alouettes safety Richard Karikari, but Lysack is getting most of the reps while Karikari is being used in six defensive-back sets.

"Obviously it was true because they brought in KK and there could have been favouritism because he played under coach (Chris) Jones in Montreal," Lysack said.

"It shows that it wasn't. They went with who they thought won the job. Both of us had good camps but they gave it to me.

"I'm happy I bit my tongue a year ago and didn't fold the tent with the situation under Denny."

Lysack was a first-round draft pick by the Stamps in 2003, but was traded away in 2004 to Winnipeg as part of the huge Khari Jones deal.

The next season, Calgary traded defensive back Anthony Malbrough to get Lysack back, but Trey Young was the starting safety by then. That changed this off-season when Young was moved to linebacker and later released.

The 30-year-old Lysack couldn't be happier to be back, ready to lay some big shots on anyone daring to come across the middle.

"People remember me as a big hitter and that's what I will continue to do," Lysack said. "I've been told some of the receivers were maybe happy I had a sabbatical last year. Geroy (Simon) said to me that it was nice I wasn't around much, but it's too bad I'm back."


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