Local boys hoping to make big time

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

Neil Ternovatsky and J.R. LaRose are hoping to move from the kiddie table in the kitchen to the big chairs in the dining room.

Both local products have designs on doing duty with the Edmonton Eskimos this season, but it's not an easy task. Both are trying new positions - LaRose shifting from defensive back and Ternovatsky from linebacker - as they compete to backup safety Kelly Wiltshire.

Ternovatsky, a free-agent addition just prior to training camp, is over the jitters of suiting up for his home-town pro team. Now it's time to perform.

"I have all the support of family and friends and I'm glad I get to give it my best shot in my hometown," said the 21-year-old who had 34 tackles, one interception and one sack for the U of A Golden Bears in 2005.

For LaRose, a former junior all-star with the Edmonton Huskies, it's a second chance to impress after appearing in one game last season.

"It was a dream come true just to get on the practice roster last year and now it's about stepping it up to the next level and trying to get some playing time," said LaRose.

HURT PARADE: The Esks' sick bay grew by one yesterday when KR/SB Tony Tompkins sat out with a hamstring problem. It's not deemed serious and he is expected back shortly. FB Mike Maurer sat out with his sprained foot but said he's likely going to run today.


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