Robede wasn't rushed

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

The way Miguel Robede describes it, Laval is having success because of the same path the defensive tackle has led with the Calgary Stampeders.

After cutting their teeth for a couple of years as freshmen and then sophomores, Rouge et Or players get put into action when they are seasoned.

In Robede's fourth season with the Stamps, the 2005 first-overall draft pick has grown into his role with his pro team after being a bystander for a long time.

Heading into the West final Sunday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a day after Laval plays the Mitchell Bowl against the Queen's Gaels, Robede appreciates what patience has done for him.

He learned it at Laval.

"They put you in the game and that's when you are physically and mentally ready for it," said Robede.

"That's one of the big parts of the success. CEJEP (junior football) has helped too because there's a level between high school and university.

"Everybody knows now Laval is a strength in Canada with players coming up.

"I have a bigger game to concentrate on this week, but maybe I can catch a few minutes of (the Mitchell Bowl)."

Extra points

The Stamps were without RB Jon Cornish at practice yesterday after the Canadian stubbed his toe on a garbage bag and cut his toe on a soup can ... Both RG Dimitri Tsoumpas and S Milt Collins missed practice with illness.


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