Maver a foot up on kicking battle

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 AM ET

EDMONTON — A step in the right direction.

Make that a kick in the right direction.

Still, that’s about all Rob Maver wants to from his first CFL preseason game.

Maver, Calgary’s 2010 first-round draft choice, took the lead in the battle of the place-kickers with his performance in Sunday’s 23-21 victory over Edmonton, but the 24-year-old isn’t about to get ahead of himself.

“The way I’m approaching it is it doesn’t matter what you do in the preseason games,” Maver said. “It’s what you do every day, practice by practice, game by game. That’s how you’re going to earn your career and stick in this league.

“I did a good job today, there’s things I definitely have to do better, and this is something to build off.”

Maver could at least see mainly positives. He was three-for-three with field goals from 15, 18 and 32 yards, whereas Warren Kean missed both his attempts, albeit from 45 and 48 yards.

Maver also was much stronger punting, 44.67 yards per boot, including a pair over 50 yards. Kean had a tough day in that area, sending boots of 35 and 20 yards.

“I feel good,” Maver said. “There was a lot of anticipation up to this. Camp was tough for me, but I felt better and better every day. As soon as the first whistle blew today, I felt really, really comfortable.

“It felt so awesome to get out there and finally play.”

Maver knows he has to do a couple of things better, notably kickoffs and not boot so many balls in the pre-game warm-up, which he believes affected him in the first quarter.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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