Chris Ciezki could become one of the best feel-good stories of Edmonton Eskimos' training camp.
The Edmonton native actually worked in the concession stands at Commonwealth Stadium as a member of his track team many years ago.
Now he has a legitimate shot at making the CFL club as a rookie on special teams.
A survivor through eight days of camp, the former star running back for the Edmonton Huskies is on the first string for a couple of special teams units.
Ironically, the 27-year-old is trying to fill the non-import roster vacancy from retired Mike Bradley - who wore No. 22 until Ciezki was given the number this spring.
"Hopefully I can do half of what (Bradley) did and it would be a great CFL career," said Ciezki after yesterday's chilly practice next to Commonwealth Stadium.
As a member of the Huskies, Ciezki became the first player in CJFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons.
Upon moving to UBC, he set a school and Canada West record with 14 rushing touchdowns in 2006.
But playing on special teams is his ticket to a long career in the CFL, just like it was for Bradley before he left the team this spring.
In fact, Bradley was a decorated CIS running back - slightly more so than Ciezki - before he came to the Esks.
"He looks good. He works hard," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia on Ciezki. "For the most part, he hasn't disappointed.
"I am just hoping he performs well on teams - especially on Friday."
That is the date of the Esks' first pre-season game in Calgary.
FINISH LINES: NOEL PREFONTAINE RETURNED TO HIS KICKING DUTIES YESTERDAY AFTER TAKING A DAY OFF TO REST HIS TIRED LEGS.
But he also had some fun in one offensive drill designed to help a quarterback's timing.
Prefontaine jumped into the receiver rotation and took a pass from Stefan LeFors, bringing a smile to assistant coach Mike Kelly.