CALGARY - Speed has never been an issue for Derrius Brooks.
Getting up to speed after joining the Calgary Stampeders secondary last July, however, didn’t come as quickly as the two-time Georgia high-school 100-metre dash champion would have liked.
But now that the cover-corner has figured out the nuances of the CFL game, the 25-year-old is standing out in a big way.
“Fast, athletic, physical, smart …” Stamps defensive backs coach Tony Missick said when talking about his prized cornerback. “Now, he’s actually caught up with the game. Last year was a tad much for him being the first year, but now he’s caught up with the game, and he can let all that athleticism go to work.”
The adjustment period the 5-foot-10, 192-pounder went through when the Stamps inked him to a deal after he was let go by the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals six weeks prior is nothing out of the ordinary.
Bigger field. Multiple receivers in motion. You know … three-down football stuff.