Lysack wouldn't get kicks out of kicking

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

CALGARY -- It would take a string of injuries for a Stampeders linebacker to punt, but they are one play away from having a safety kick a field goal.

When Montreal Alouettes all-purpose kicker Damon Duval was hurt during last Friday's loss at McMahon Stadium, the question came up as to who could be the Stamps' emergency replacements.

Rob Maver would obviously be the backup punter to Burke Dales, but the second-string field-goal kicker is safety Wes Lysack.

"Hopefully, I never have to," Lysack said.

Lysack grew up playing soccer and still has the kicking skills thanks to years of post-practice horsing around with the round ball.

When Mike Juhasz and Scott Coe were on the team, the three would often stage field-goal contests, and most of the time the winner would hit from 45 or 50 yards out.

"The reason I stopped playing soccer was I would score a goal or two, but I would get kicked out of every game because I would get a red card," Lysack said. "I didn't like the mentality of soccer players.

"I would get a yellow card and then snap on the refs."

Lysack has never been called upon in a game, and if the team needed a really long boot, Dales would bring out his square-toed show.

"Wes is accurate, but he doesn't have a big leg," Dales said.

"There's nobody else on this team that could punt. If both of us went down at the same time, you would probably see us go for it on third down.

"I don't have much faith in anyone punting the football other than myself or Robbie."

Added Maver: "If you are looking for a third-string punter, you have some pretty big problems."

In the loss to the Stamps, Als linebacker Shea Emry took over punting and kickoff duties and receiver Ben Cahoon kicked converts.

The Alouettes will lose Duval for the Monday rematch in Montreal, but they have signed two imports -- Colt David and Sam Swank -- and one will replace him.

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