Debut thrills spill over for Stamps lineman

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

CALGARY - Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Kevin Dixon could hardly contain his enthusiasm.

Almost 4,000 km away in Florida, he figured his mother, Tonya McCoy, would be even more amped up.

Shes been my backbone, my support and everything. Shes going to be real, real excited when she finds out Im playing. I havent told her yet, Dixon said.

Shes going to be off the top, way more than I am. She might want to run out there and play, as well.

Dixon will make his three-down football debut in Fridays clash with the B.C. Lions, likely as a member of Calgarys defensive front four.

With B.C.-born Corey Mace sidelined indefinitely with a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Stamps are counting on Dixon to create a ruckus on the interior. Dixon was stashed on Calgarys practice roster for the opening week of the regular season but will be activated for Fridays road trip.

Its been about two years since the final snap of his collegiate career. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder had a free-agent tryout with the NFLs Seattle Seahawks last spring and is now hoping to make McMahon Stadium his long-term football home.

It means a lot, Dixon said. I played a lot in the pre-season games and just to come out here and to play a real regular-season game for the Calgary Stampeders, and me getting this chance to come out and play a lot, Im so excited.


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