Coaches have faith in Maver

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:44 AM ET

CALGARY - For Rob Maver, practice makes his leg perfectly sore.

So for the majority of the past week, the Calgary Stampeders kicker has avoided booting field goals during training camp.

“Practice is good, but it’s my job to kick in games,” said the sophomore, who will suit up for Wednesday’s pre-season tilt against the B.C. Lions at McMahon Stadium.

“You put things in priority and, obviously, the game is first. I rested in practice so I can be good to go (Wednesday) and for the rest of the season.”

With Maver sitting out, the Stamps have had a variety other solutions when it came to field goals. Punter Burke Dales brought out his flat-toed shoe and did a straight boot, which had mixed results.

A few other players such as Ken-Yon Rambo, Eric Fraser and Brad Sinopoli tried kicking extra points, but only Fraser showed any accuracy.

Clearly, Maver shouldn’t fear for his job.

But the Stamps are obviously happy with what the rookie did last year in hitting on 78.7% of his field goals. They didn’t use a roster spot to bring in competition during training camp.

“It shows they are confident in my ability to do the job,” Maver said. “They know the guy I am — the kind of guy who will work hard in the off-season to improve my game every single year.

“It’s good the coaches put that faith in me.”

Maver committed to a new diet this off-season and managed to drop 20 lb. through an extensive training program.

He will debut a new look Wednesday night but will also have to break in a different holder. Receiver Arjei Franklin is out with injury, leaving quarterback Drew Tate to do the job.

“Drew is a good holder,” Maver said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who is in front of me. As long as the ball is pinned on the ground, it’s my job to put it through.”

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