Kruger's feeling more comfortable

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Blaine Kruger gets a second chance to make a first impression.

The Cochrane kid had the door opened again by an injury to a Canadian, and he's feeling more comfortable with the Stampeders game plan now.

In Week 6, the 24-year-old receiver stepped in for the injured Ryan Thelwell and made his debut on special teams.

The highlight was standing on the field for the opening kickoff as a blocker.

With Teyo Johnson out due to an ankle sprain, Kruger is getting the nod to replace him on the active roster.

"I know much more about the offence and I'm more engrained into it," said Kruger, who will be a backup receiver.

"Special teams is a week to week thing but I'm always on the look team, so I see what is going on. It shouldn't be much of an adjustment. I feel well prepared and ready to go."

Kruger signed with the Stamps a few weeks into the regular season, foregoing his final year of CIS football at UBC.

He doesn't regret the decision, even if he would have played much more had he went back to the coast.

"I've watched three of their games when I could and I listened to the others online," Kruger said.

"I miss it when I'm listening to it but at the same time, this is a better opportunity for me. I'm happy where I'm at for sure."

In the early 1980s, dad Harry Kruger played defensive back for the Stamps. So the Kruger's are the third father-son pairing to suit up in Red and White.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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