Better late than never for Stamps lineman
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Zac Carlson is pictured during Calgary Stampeders' practice June 25, 2010 at Shouldice Park. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)
Zac Carlson arrived on Day 6 of Calgary Stampeders training camp and he’s immediately behind the eight-ball.
The night before Carlson was set to take a flight from San Francisco last week, the second-year Stamps offensive lineman realized his passport was missing.
It usually takes 48 hours to get a temporary one, but Carlson needed to get paperwork together and that took a few days.
While Carlson was in a mad panic to get here, he was putting himself in a position to play catch-up when he did arrive.
For someone on the bubble with the offensive line, he didn’t do himself a favour by being late.
“I’m definitely behind,” said Carlson, who participated in both practices Friday. “It’s my fault, so it’s on me to catch up. I just have to work twice as hard as everyone else to get where they are now.
“I have a carry-over from last year, so that helps. I know the plays and the terminology, but I’m behind for sure.
“There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s my fault. I just have to play and whatever happens with the roster stuff, it’s not up to me. I can only handle what I do.”
KICKERS DO BATTLE
With Rob Maver taking a day off to rest his leg, there was an opening for other players to take a kick at the can.
Lining up for an extra point, receiver Ken-Yon Rambo hooked his attempt well wide left, and quarterback Brad Sinopoli drilled the ball into his protection.
“I didn’t get any warmup so that’s tough,” Sinopoli said, trying to defend his awful form. “I just drilled it right into the guard’s butt. I don’t know who it was. I did it in high school, so I thought I would try again. I don’t know if coach Huf was happy with it.”
Safety Eric Fraser hit the extra point.
Stamps LB Malik Jackson went for an MRI on his injured Achilles and it came back negative, so he returned to late practice Friday. “He’s comfortable coming back on the field,” said GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “He just has just to play through the pain” … Receiver Landan Talley left the early practice with what is believed to be a groin injury and he sat out the late session … The Stamps will host a free barbecue Saturday at 3 p.m. before the intrasquad game at 4 p.m. They promise a surprise unveiling at the BBQ.