Kashama hopes to earn full marks on offence

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Less than a week ago, Fernand Kashama got a surprise call from Dave Dickenson.

Having the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback on the other end of the line was unusual, but the question he delivered was the real shocker.

Kashama was asked if he could come to Stampeders training camp prepared to win a job as a fullback.

Despite spending the majority of his college career on the defensive side and being drafted that way by the Stamps, Kashama jumped at the opportunity.

He took the field yesterday at rookie camp wearing an offensive jersey and working with Dickenson, the new offensive assistant working with the running backs.

"I was nervous and excited," Kashama said of hearing the news. "I was thinking I hadn't done it in a long time, so I have to get into a rhythm.

"But I'm excited because I can maybe score a touchdown. It's a lot harder to score one on defence.

"That's the exciting thing about offence."

Offence isn't completely new to Kashama.

He was recruited to Western Michigan as a tight end but moved over to defensive line for his junior year.

Still, he has to dive into the offensive playbook after believing all off-season he would be either a linebacker or lineman with the Stamps' defence. But after Teyo Johnson announced his sudden retirement, the Stamps had a need and GM/head coach John Hufnagel designated Kashama for the move.

Hufnagel said the rookie's best chance at making the Stamps' opening-day roster is at fullback.

"He's an athlete who has played both sides of the ball," Hufnagel said. "He wants to play. We'll see where it goes. If he proves he can't play the position, we'll move him back to defence and see what he can do from there."


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