Brett Jones looked like he needed to pinch himself.
The affable rookie was told he’d earned the starting centre’s gig with the Calgary Stampeders.
And it was taking a while to process.
“It’s something I’ve worked for,” Jones said. “I didn’t know if it would ever happen, and here it is.”
The youngest player on the Stamps roster at just 21 years old, Jones will make his CFL debut in Friday’s season-opener against the B.C. Lions (8 p.m. at McMahon Stadium, TSN).
He said he came to training camp hoping to earn a spot with the team that drafted him in the second round of this year’s CFL Draft, but he had no idea of how much playing time he’d see.
“I came into camp and I didn’t really have that many expectations,” Jones said. “I knew I really wanted to play. That was my big goal.
“It was a goal of mine but, realistically, I didn’t know if I was going to start.
“I’m here now and I want to seize the opportunity.”