Battle on offensive going down to wire

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

Jon Gott and Steve Myddelton are doing battle against each other on the football field, but that’s where the fight stays.

It’s a good thing, too.

The two offensive lineman would have a hard time sitting next to one another in the Calgary Stampeders locker-room if that wasn’t the case.

“We’re joking around all the time,” said Gott with a laugh. “There is no animosity between us. We’re good friends. We came in the same time, and it was tough for us last year being rookies. But it’s great to be with him. He’s a good guy.”

The second-year Stamps are duking it out for the starting right guard job and the unenviable position of replacing the NFL-bound Dimitri Tsoumpas.

It will likely be decided Sunday, when the Stamps host the Saskatchewan Roughriders in their final pre-season tuneup at McMahon Stadium.

“It’s neck-and-neck,” said GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “One day, Steve has the better day, and the next, Jon has it.

“They’ve improved tremendously from last year. They are going in the right direction.

“Jon didn’t get a whole lot of playing time, but at least he was on the roster.

“As an offensive lineman, game action is nice, but it’s the work you put in during practice that’s important.”

Gott dressed in nine regular-season games and the West final last season, seeing action mostly on kickoff returns.

Myddelton spent the entire summer on the practice roster before getting moved to the injured list late in the season.

The St. Francis-Xavier product could have gone back to university and completed his senior year but stayed to improve his chances of cracking the roster this season.

“Between this training camp and last year, it’s night and day,” Myddelton said.

“I actually know what I’m doing. I’m more prepared mentally, and it’s far more routine for me than it was last year.

“It was shock and awe.

“This has been a smooth transition for me from the off-season into training camp.”

Myddelton has impressed quarterback Henry Burris.

“He had a great off-season, making sure he got in the right shape,” Burris said.


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