Young pivot can't wait to meet Moon

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Steven Jyles can hardly wait to talk to Warren Moon.

The Edmonton Eskimo quarterback legend will be at Commonwealth Stadium this afternoon, along with former ace receiver Brian Kelly, for a media conference to launch the CFL's summer contest to determine the greatest quarterback/receiver combination in league history.

But for Jyles -- the Esks' hotshot young QB prospect -- today means he finally gets a chance to pick Moon's mind.

"That was the one thing I always asked (Eskimo general manager) Paul Jones: 'When do I get to meet Warren Moon?' " said Jyles.

"When Paul Jones was telling me about the history of Warren Moon here, I was thinking that is kind of the situation I am in (by coming to the CFL).

"Hopefully if I follow his footsteps, it will work out."

Moon starred with the Eskimos for four years, leading the team to the Grey Cup every year as a starting pivot before leaving to become a starter in the NFL.

Jyles is fresh out of American college and is also hoping to springboard to fame in Edmonton.

"I'll probably be a little (shy) but there is a lot I want to ask him," continued Jyles.

"I want (to know) how long it took him to catch on to this (Canadian) game."

NEW HOME: Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia definitely lit a fire under Anthony Collier.

Although the defensive end had no spark in training camp and was cut earlier this month by Maciocia, he seems fired up to play for the Hamilton Ticats this weekend.

After sitting at home for the first week of the season, Collier has a new team due to major injury problems in Steeltown.

"I feel after Edmonton let me go, this is very personal," Collier told the Hamilton Spectator.

"When he (Ticat defensive co-ordinator Kavis Reed) said, 'You'll be able to play Saturday,' I said, 'You won't be sorry.' "

FINISH LINE: The Ticats passed on bringing in Joe Montford, even though he's offering to take a $70,000 pay cut, which would likely bring his salary to $80,000-$90,000.


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