Practise makes perfect.
The way defensive backs Lenny Walls and Milton Collins were picking off passes from their own quarterbacks all week, they figured they might have success in their first game together.
They sure did.
Collins picked off a pair in his first game back from a concussion, and Walls grabbed one in his CFL debut as the Stampeders hammered the Saskatchewan Roughriders 42-5 yesterday at McMahon Stadium, thanks in a big way to six Riders turnovers.
"Me and Milt talked about it this week. I told him, 'Me and you are gonna have about three, four picks between us.' I'm not lying. Just because we had a good week of practice picking the ball off," said Walls, who joined the team a few weeks back and replaced Calvin Bannister for his first start. "And it happened."
All three interceptions were huge momentum stealers, as the Riders were coming off big plays.
The third might have been the most important -- it clinched the money in the defence's interception pot outright for Collins.
Carried over from a pick-less outing against the Riders a week ago, it was a little bigger than usual, too.
Collins said he was too tired to think about what he'd do with the loot, but Walls was hoping there'd be a little something in it for him after looking like they'd split it until Collins grabbed his second ball in the endzone with 7:51 to play in the fourth quarter.
"I don't know. Hopefully, he will (share)," Walls said. "That's my homeboy, so hopefully he will."
Every pick kept potential Riders points off the board, as they got deep into Stamps territory.
The Stamps scored majors of their own two plays after both Collins catches, with quarterback Henry Burris hitting Ken-Yon Rambo for an 81-yard score, and then Nik Lewis for an 85-yard TD.
"It was big. It was real big," said Collins, who missed three games with a concussion after smacking into Ben Cahoon Sept. 12, of his performance.
"To come back and start and have two interceptions and the win, it feels real good right now."