Stamps upbeat in final practice at home

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:29 PM ET

Passes were crisp, the tempo was high, and the mood was positive.

Not a bad way for the Calgary Stampeders to close out their final practice of the calendar year at McMahon Stadium.

Although the Stamps will hit the field Saturday for a light walkthrough, they finished up the hard work sessions Friday.

If they manage to beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders Sunday in the CFL’s West final (2:30 p.m., TSN), the next practice they have will be Wednesday in Edmonton during Grey Cup week.

“You don’t think about it (being the last practice) because we are looking forward to our last game here,” said Stamps quarterback Henry Burris. “The last dress rehearsal, so we’re looking forward to winning this game and getting ready to go to Edmonton. We had a good practice to finish off. As our last full practice in this stadium, we went out the right way.”

Clearly, the Stamps aren’t feeling the effects of rust after a week off. If anything, the team is excited to get back into action after six full practices over the course of the past two weeks.

“We were still coming in and getting workouts, watching tapes on ourselves,” said Stamps cornerback Dwight Anderson. “It felt good coming in and doing things instead of sitting out the whole week.

“I’m ready. These legs are fresh. I might crack a 4.1 (40-yard dash).”

Lazeo gets call at centre

Rob Lazeo stood idly by as the Stamps lost to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in last season’s West final. He can do something about it this time.

Lazeo, who missed the 2009 West final with an ankle injury, got the official nod as the starter Friday from Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

Huf wanted to make sure Lazeo was physically ready after resting him in the season finale.

“I’m fired up — can’t you tell?” said Lazeo, with a huge smile. “I will get angry around Sunday, around 2:15.”

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