Ex-Wildcat may be wild card

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Terriss Paliwoda is so close to writing the first chapter in a feel-good story.

With cutdown day arriving Saturday, the Edmonton native has a good chance of sticking with the Eskimos on the practice roster.

In other words, he could become the club's new O-line future project.

"If I am on the Eskimos, it is a big thing to me," said Paliwoda.

The 23-year-old rookie could have taken a scholarship to a large number of Canadian universities after playing with the Edmonton Wildcats last year.

But he chose to come to Eskimo camp because the CFL franchise means that much to him.

Learning from Dan Comiskey, Kevin Lefsrud and Tim Bakker, it's easy to see that Paliwoda is enjoying himself.

But he could do without the singing.

The O-line veterans are making the rookie belt out tunes of his choice.

"I am not much of a singer," he said, barely controlling his laughter.

"He tried to sing My Humps (by) The Black Eyed Peas," said Lefsrud. "He didn't do a very good job. He gets pretty giggly and shy when he gets up on the chair."

It's just a rookie introduction to the league.

But on a serious tone, Lefsrud sees plenty of potential in the Edmontonian.

"He's going to be a (darn) good player," said the veteran guard.


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