Stamps' Sheridan surprised by weigh in

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

CALGARY — Even Matt Sheridan himself was surprised at the number.

The new Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman weighed in for 2010 training camp at 383.

“I was a little shocked … because I had been working hard the last three months in training,” said the former Winnipeg Blue Bombers guard, who was signed as a free agent.

“All my clothes fit the same. I really don’t know how to explain it.

“It’s my job now to put my nose to the grindstone and get myself to a point where I can play all 23 games.”

Sheridan hopes to play somewhere closer to 340 lb. and hopes the two-practices-a-day schedule will help him lose weight.

The 33-year-old took the left-guard spot in an offensive-line group that included fellow greybeards Rob Lazeo at centre and Dan Comiskey at right guard.

Like Comiskey, Sheridan is trying to come back from being out of the CFL for more than a season.

In Sheridan’s case, the last game he played in was during Winnipeg’s 2007 Grey Cup loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

It was only in late February that the Winnipeg native decided to make a comeback and leave his job at a spring water company.

After going through the first practice session with a new team, Sheridan felt like a kid again.

“It’s been something I was looking forward to for quite some time,” Sheridan said. “Getting out there and feeling the rush of lining somebody up, pulling the trigger and hitting them. It’s been something I was waiting for.”

It might be strange for Stamps fans to see both Comiskey and Sheridan in Red and White.

Comiskey started his career in Saskatchewan and played the majority of it in Edmonton.

A year ago, Comiskey retired from the Eskimos to concentrate on a business he started with former teammates Bruce Beaton. So when he decided it was up and running well enough to leave for the summer and make a comeback, it was the Stamps who came calling.

“The CFL is a funny league,” said Comiskey, who actually took his brother John’s roster spot after the younger Comiskey retired.

“You never know what’s going to happen next. I’m excited. It’s a new season, and it’s nice to be on a great team.

“There’s nothing like playing for Hank (quarterback Henry Burris). I played with him 10 years ago in Saskatchewan. He was young and I was young and I thought he was special back then.

“Now, we’re old vets. Looking at him in the front of the huddle is fun.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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