CFL nuances 'game' focus

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

When the Calgary Stampeders take the field for an intrasquad game today, the coaches will try to replicate normal CFL situations.

So the coaching staff will start the mock game (3:30 p.m., McMahon Stadium) with the national anthem, which they will sing themselves.

It's just one of the many things new players get to experience in the annual mock game, according to head coach John Hufnagel.

It's important for players on both sides of the ball to get used to some CFL quirks.

"It's a dress rehearsal," Hufnagel said. "We will do whatever we can for two things.

"We want a good practice and them to know their assignments. We also want to teach some nuances of the game so they know what to do when those situations hit during the season."

Even if the offence moves the ball, there will be times when it doesn't matter. As much as this is a scrimmage, it's more of an organized practice.

"We make sure a lot of kicking situations come up so they get used to having to substitute," Hufnagel said.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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