Webb's addition bolsters defence

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Dee Webb's musical taste has raised some eyebrows in the Calgary Stampeders locker-room.

The defensive halfback spent last season with the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena League squad owned by rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

So when he heard Livin' on a Prayer blaring from the speakers a couple of days ago, Webb just couldn't help himself.

"I learned a lot of Bon Jovi songs, so when I hear it in the locker-room, everybody looks at me like I'm crazy," he said. "There was a little singing along. I'm singing and everybody is laughing at me."

All indications are the Stampeders will be singing a slightly different tune in the defensive secondary tonight, when they face the B.C. Lions at McMahon Stadium (8 p.m., TSN, QR77).

Webb will make his debut with the Red & White, while all-star cornerback Brandon Browner is set to return to the lineup after missing three games with a knee injury.

The Stampeders opened the season with a pair of rookies -- Davanzo Tate and Ronnie Amadi -- at the halfback spots, but their cleats have been filled by a pair of mid-season acquisitions with a bit of NFL experience.

Tate was released last week after losing his starting job to former Washington Redskins returner John Eubanks, while Webb, who spent one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been getting most of the first-team reps at Amadi's old stomping grounds.

Eubanks picked off a Ricky Ray offering in a 35-34 win over the Edmonton Eskimos two weeks ago, notching his first CFL interception and marking Ray's 100th on the same play.

With four starts under his belt, Eubank's all of a sudden the elder statesman at the halfback position.

"The thing I like the most about our team is when I was the new guy, everyone had some input to help me out. That's what I'm trying to do, as well, with Dee," Eubanks said. "He's the new guy coming in and we're working with him so he understands the call and signals. There are still a couple things I'm picking up. The halfback position is one of the toughest positions on the field."

Webb, 24, was a standout at the University of Florida, where he racked up 102 tackles, 25 pass deflections and four interceptions in 35 games with the Gators. He was drafted by the Jaguars in 2006 and suited up for 11 games, counting 17 tackles and one pick.

He added a championship to his gridiron resume last season, helping the Soul win the Arena Bowl. He's hoping to claim another ring before leaving the Stampede City.

"Coming from a championship team to another championship team, I know what they're expecting from me," Webb said.

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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