Stampeders' Buddy Jackson ready to get it done

Buddy Jackson (left) and Damon McDaniel get locked up in practice earlier this month. Jackson will...

Buddy Jackson (left) and Damon McDaniel get locked up in practice earlier this month. Jackson will start in his first CFL game when the Alouettes come to town this weekend. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

CALGARY - Combine Calgary Stampeders cover-men Keon Raymond, Brandon Smith and Buddy Jackson, and you have 165 games of CFL experience.

The catch is that 165 of those belong to Raymond and Smith.

Jackson, a University of Pittsburgh product, earned the starting boundary cornerback job this spring and, heading into his first-career CFL start Saturday at McMahon Stadium (1 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770) against the Montreal Alouettes, the 25-year-old has been getting an earful of advice from the veterans.

“He doesn’t have anything to worry about,” Raymond said Thursday after practice. “We told him, ‘Make sure you go out there and show people how fast you are, show ‘em how much fun you have out there in the game and make sure you have fun.’ He’s a smart guy and he’s coming along. It’s tough when you kind of get thrown in that fire, and the confidence factor is huge, but I think he has it.”


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