Freshman busy learning FB duties

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Reggie Bradshaw is hoping his second chance at the CFL lasts longer than his first.

If he manages to finish this morning's third practice of Calgary Stampeders main training camp, he will have succeeded in at least that respect.

After getting drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders last spring, Bradshaw made it through two sessions of their camp before tearing up his shoulder in the third one.

The Riders then cut him.

That was it for 2008.

"I didn't have much of a chance to show off my skills," said the University of Montana product, who went back to Vancouver to rehab.

"I worked real hard even though I didn't know I would get picked up by anybody. It didn't slow me down at all. I didn't get discouraged.

"That's the way it works. I feel I missed an opportunity, but that's the way things go sometimes. You can't let it get to you. You just have to bounce back and go at it again."

Although the 24-year-old was taken in the fifth round, the Riders seemed high on the running back, who average 4.2 yards per carry the final two years of college.

The Stamps are eager to see if he's worth a spot at fullback now that Teyo Johnson has decided to retire.

Since 2007, things haven't gone well for Bradshaw. His final season with the Grizzlies was cut short due to a knee injury.

When he finally got the call from the Stamps in March, he was ready to get back into the game and it has all worked out well -- so far.

"The last two years have been up and down," Bradshaw said.

"I hope this means it has levelled off."

Bradshaw has never played the fullback position before, so he's spending camp trying to adjust.

More often than not, the fullbacks are doing drills with the receivers, but the Stamps call on that position to add protection for the quarterback.


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