Eubanks set to get hands-on in start

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

For a few plays yesterday, John Eubanks tried making interceptions wearing large leather work gloves.

However, it seems the Calgary Stampeders are not going to treat the defensive back with kid gloves.

Despite just joining the team Aug. 4, Eubanks appears set to make his first start at defensive halfback Friday, when the Stampeders face the Argonauts in Toronto.

The extra gloves he wore are for defensive players deemed to be holding too much.

"It happened the day before," Eubanks said. "They have a picture of it, so I can't deny it. Instead of grabbing, you can't do it with those big mitts."

Eubanks is set to replace rookie Davanzo Tate at wide-side halfback, a difficult CFL position to learn.

It's especially tough for a player who only arrived Aug. 4 and hasn't seen any first-team reps before this week.

The 26-year-old product of Southern Mississippi played seven games over two seasons with the NFL's Washington Redskins before joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for training camp.

He was a cut and is pumped to have landed in Calgary.

"This is very exciting," Eubanks said. "I'm still learning the defence."

Extra points

Former Stamps DE Tearrius George was waived by the Miami Dolphins, and if he clears, head coach John Hufnagel would bring him back.

"There is a time (window) where he can be picked up by another team (after which he would be a free agent)," Hufnagel said.

CFL stars of the week

Blue Bombers RB Fred Reid (offence), Roughriders DL Stevie Baggs (defence), Alouettes KR Larry Taylor (special teams) and Als S Matthieu Proulx (Canadian) are the CFL players of the week.


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