Stampeders defensive end Ben D'Aguilar gets head start

Calgary Stampeders defensive end Ben D'Aguilar (L) at training camp on May 30 at McMahon Stadium....

Calgary Stampeders defensive end Ben D'Aguilar (L) at training camp on May 30 at McMahon Stadium. The second year defender is older and wiser when it comes to his conditioning. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

Scott Fisher, QMI Agency

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CALGARY - Ben D’Aguilar was not going to be caught off guard again.

The Calgary Stampeders defensive end had heard about the altitude issue when he showed up for his rookie season last spring.

But he had no idea how big of a physical drain it was.

“I thought I was going to give up after the warmup,” D’Aguilar said shaking his head.

“I remember I came in and then the same day, we had a (weight) lift. I went in to lift and I was seeing stars.

“I said ‘I gotta quit. I can’t even do the warmup, much less the two hours of practice we’ve got coming up next.”

The 24-year-old learned his lesson and prepared for it this time.

“I came out early and did a little hill-running,” the 6-foot-2, 236-pounder said.

“I got my conditioning under me so as not to be tired as hell.

“It was good to get acclimated, at least it was for me.”


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