Defender happy to move 'back to old position

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

When the shuffle took place, Malik Jackson came down in a different spot.

But after seven games as a Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman, nothing made the Louisville product happier than to slide back to linebacker.

He proved the move was a smart one by going out and recording two tackles for losses in a win over the Toronto Argonauts.

"I'm just trying to find my place on a few different levels," Jackson said. "I'm living in Canada, playing with a new team and going to a new position. This helps raise my comfort level a bit going back to what I'm used to doing."

Jackson was actually a defensive back in high school and regarded a hard hitter from his position. Although he was a linebacker in college, starting 21 games with the Cardinals in his final two seasons, the Stamps tried him first as a defensive end.

The 24-year-old performed well at times, but he was also a scratch for a game and a reserve for two others as the defence tried different combinations along the line.

It turns out the best combo is Jackson at outside linebacker.

"Really, I feel comfortable. The main thing I have to do is learn the scheme and get my eyes back on being able to read plays," Jackson said.

After one game, colour Stamps head coach John Hufnagel impressed.

"I thought Malik Jackson had an outstanding game," Hufnagel said. "He defended the run at the point of attack and was able to shed blocks."

Hughes news Sunday

The Stampeders continue to wait for an update on Charleston Hughes but the defensive end won't be back in Calgary until after Labour Day.

Hughes was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles this week, but Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said last year's team sack leader had until Sunday night before he clears and becomes Calgary property.

Extra point

The Labour Day Classic has sold out, again. The extra 5,000 tickets made available in temporary seating are already gone, meaning a Labour Day-record crowd of 40,729 is expected for Monday's tilt with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Eskimos AT Stampeders Monday, 5:30 p.m., TSN


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