Rookies look to make mark on Stampeders offensive line

Rookie Pierre Lavertu listens to instruction from offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco during the...

Rookie Pierre Lavertu listens to instruction from offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco during the Calgary Stampeders rookie camp at McMahon Stadium. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI AGency)

Scott Fisher, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 PM ET

CALGARY - The offensive line is where you usually find the grey beards.

Not on this team.

A few of the Calgary Stampeders O-linemen probably can’t even grow beards.

There’s a solid chance the interior of the line could be made up of two rookies and a sophomore.

A pair of first-round draft picks — Pierre Lavertu, 24, and Brander Craighead, 23 — have been working out at guard since rookie camp began.

Despite being the youngest of the trio at 22, centre Brett Jones already has a year under his belt.

Stamps new offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco has got his work cut out for him.

“I haven’t worked with any of (the linemen), except for Lavertu and Craighead so far,” DelMonaco said. “I know the guys you’ve mentioned are very talented, and I’m excited to work with them.”

DelMonaco has worked with a young line before while with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The results weren’t great, but he said the two situations are drastically different.


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