Taurean Allen enjoys a little healthy competition.
When the 2010 second-round draft pick showed up for Stampeders rookie camp, he was paired with fellow Canadian defensive back Eric Fraser in the dorm room at the University of Calgary.
“Eric is a cool dude. We’re going over the playbooks at night so we know our assignments,” Allen said. “When we go out there, we’re on an even keel. We just have to make plays and may the best player win.”
Allen and Fraser sit behind veteran Wes Lysack on the Stampeders’ depth chart at the safety position and both players know there is an opportunity for playing time this season.
The Stamps are using a non-import at that spot, so if Lysack gets hurt, one of them must be ready to step in at a moment’s notice.
And the pair offer quite different skillsets.
Allen was a cover cornerback at Wilfrid Laurier and will take time getting used to playing safety.
Fraser, who was drafted in the first round last year out of Central Michigan, resembles Lysack in that he is used to dropping back and picking spots for big hits.
The biggest adjustment for the Burnaby, B.C., product during Thursday’s first rookie camp session was the motion from receivers.
“When I played Canadian ball, I was a running back,” Fraser said. “I didn’t actually play any defence. I saw things from the other side of the field.”
As for competing against Allen, Fraser knows it comes with the territory.
“Every day you are competing,” Fraser said. “It was the same way at CMU. It was competing every day. They told us that going into the season.
“If you aren’t producing, the job is going to the next guy. It’s not something to be scared about or be nervous about. I will go out there and play the way I play.
“If that’s what they like, then I will get the job.”