You can understand Rob Maver beginning to feel antsy.
Two days of training camp and the kicker drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the first round hasn’t really had a chance to show his stuff.
Rookie camp doesn’t include special-teams action, which means Maver hasn’t spent any time splitting the uprights in any ‘live bullet’ situations.
“I’m anxious to get going. Practising in team (drills) and practising with guys coming at you is different,” said Maver, who has done work on the sidelines and has been putting kicks through the uprights, but not in anything simulating game action.
The opportunities will come soon enough for the fifth-overall selection from the University of Guelph.
Main camp opens Sunday with two-a-day practices, and the first pre-season game is June 13 against the Eskimos in Edmonton.
Maver and fellow place-kicker Warren Kean — a first-round draft choice of the Eskimos in 2007 — will battle to replace Sandro DeAngelis, who signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the off-season.
“We’ll try to put some pressure on them in camp, in practice,” said Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel. “It’s gonna be good competition between Warren and Rob. It’ll be fun watching them.”
It will be an interesting study all season.
DeAngelis had five outstanding campaigns with the Stampeders and was a perennial all-star.
Maver is well aware of the pressure that will come with replacing DeAngelis.
“I have to fill the biggest shoes in the CFL. Sandro is the most accurate kicker in CFL history,” Maver said. “He made every game-winning kick that I saw. There’s going to be a lot of comparisons, but that’s just the way it is.
“It would be the same for whoever is coming in, regardless of where they were picked (in the draft).”
On the upside, DeAngelis left a template for success in Calgary — Maver just has to follow it.
“Sandro is really loved here because he did his job, so all I have to do is make my kicks and hopefully the same will come,” Maver said.