Craighead leaves impression on Stamps

Derek Wiggan (left) and Brander Craighead take part in practice at the Calgary Stampeders rookie...

Derek Wiggan (left) and Brander Craighead take part in practice at the Calgary Stampeders rookie camp at McMahon Stadium on Thursday. (Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun)

Scott Fisher, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:35 PM ET

Brander Craighead could block out the sun.

That is if the sun ever shows itself at McMahon Stadium.

The Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman is a mountain of a man.

At 6-foot-7, 300 lb., Craighead has the size to survive at the professional level.

“It’s an opportunity,” Craighead said of nailing down a CFL spot at left guard. “Nothing’s guaranteed. I’m going to come to work every day, do my job and see if I can win a job.”

The Stamps took Craighead in the first round of last spring’s CFL Draft knowing full well they’d have to wait a year before getting him in Red & White silks.

He spent five years at the University of Texas-El Paso, anchoring the Miners’ line for the last three NCAA seasons. As an NCAA student, he wasn’t able to talk with Stamps officials until last winter.

“I didn’t speak to them until my eligibility was completely up,” the 23-year-old said.


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