Stamps' George happy doing inside work

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

You tell the children to go outside and play.

Tearrius George likes to play inside.

Back in 2007, George spent most of the season lined up on the inside of the defensive line for the Calgary Stampeders — going head-to-head with the centres and offensive guards of the CFL.

How well did it go?

He racked up eight sacks, which tied for the team lead, along with 34 tackles. Three of those sacks came in the Labour Day Classic against the Edmonton Eskimos.

That performance also helped earn him NFL paycheques for a year.

George spent the bulk of the 2008 season on the Dallas Cowboys practice roster, but joined the New Orleans Saints for their final four NFL contests.

After the season, he was claimed by the Miami Dolphins and went through all their off-season workouts before being cut in August 2009. After spending less than a month back with the Cowboys, was released again and joined the Stampeders.

The problem was Calgary had to put George on the outside, in big part because Mike Labinjo was too big to play on the end.

He played eight regular-season games for Calgary and recorded 19 tackles and one sack in 2009.

This season, though, George is lining up in the middle again, and has an extra spring in his step.

“Things are coming back together, as far as getting those moves back,” said the 6-foot-4, 277-lb. Kansas State product. “The inside is nice, but I’ll go wherever they want me to go.”

Let’s face it, life in the trenches is nasty. A look at George’s hands and you see the cuts and scraps which don’t come from playing a piano.

Life in the middle means contact every second of every down.

When you’re on the end, you get the opportunity to sometimes go with a head of steam against the tackles in an attempt to see whether an unstoppable force can beat an immovable object.

Interior linemen use more bull-rushing techniques.

“But then you’ve got to run more, chase the quarterback way out there,” George said with a grin.

“You get your glory days on the outside, and on the inside what you do isn’t as easy to see, but it all goes together.

“For us to be productive on the inside, the outside man has to do his job, and for them to be productive on the outside, the inside men have to do their jobs.

“Most of the time, the outside (offensive linemen) are bigger. The inside guys are shorter and smaller. The outside guys are 6-5, 330, and

get physical.”

George’s theory is simple when it comes to doing the job at any position, all-out, every play.

“D-line, as a whole, you need a go-get-it attitude,” he said.

The Stampeders’ defensive line has been a knock of the club more often than not for so many years.

A lack of continuity has been a factor.

This season, though, it’s shaping in the other direction.

While the defensive linemen have gone through revolving doors the past few years, this season will be built around familiar faces.

Charleston Hughes — who also returned to the Stamps midway through last season — and Labinjo provide a formidable one-two punch on the outside.

George, DeVone Claybrooks, Miguel Robede, Tom Johnson and Fernand Kashama were all here last season.

“That helps. It’s better to come together with guys you know and build on it,” George said. “With Charleston,

I know what to expect. I know what to expect with Labinjo, Tom, Claybooks, Robede, all the guys. You never want to go to war with someone you’re questioning.”

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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