Versatility key to Deane

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:04 AM ET

CALGARY - JíMicheal Deane is never quite sure if heís red or white with the Red and White.

Lately, itís become a daily decision.

The offensive lineman was converted to defensive line early this season and the rookie has started a pair of games at tackle.

But when he showed up for practice Wednesday, the 25-year-old Michigan State product was told to put on his offensive white jersey.

On Thursday, he was back wearing red.

On Friday Ö heís not too sure.

ďI never know until Iím going out for practice,Ē Deane said Thursday.

ďI was going to wear both today.Ē

The reason the Stamps are flip-flopping Deane is due to the injury to starting centre Jon Gott.

With Gott (knee) iffy for Saturdayís meeting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Stamps need to make sure they are covered if there is another problem.

Tim OíNeill steps in as the starting centre, while left guard Steve Myddelton would be the extra snapper if something happened to OíNeill.

So if Gott canít dress, Deane would be the reserve lineman, but he will play defence unless heís needed.

Over the past two months, Deane has played exclusively on defence, but he did make two starts at right guard before the move.

ďI felt pretty comfortable going out there and taking some offensive reps,Ē Deane said. (Offensive line coach Kris) Sweet said I hadnít missed a beat. I just need to transition into what the gameplan is.

ďI have to hit the books hard because you never know what can happen or when they will call your number.Ē

The biggest change Deane experienced when crossing the line was how much a defensive player runs.

The 320-pounder was playing defensive tackle with an offensive linemanís body, but the situation would be reversed if heís going back.

Heís lost some weight since the move.

ďAs long as Iím playing nose tackle, you donít need to worry about how much weight you are carrying, just the cardio,Ē Deane said. ďItís a different type of cardio on defence.

ďIím able to push through being tired a lot better. I feel Iím improving a lot in that aspect.Ē


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