Young's lips are sealed

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Trey Young isn't saying anything about the Calgary Stampeders' playbook.

At least, he's not talking about it with the media.

Whether the newest Edmonton Eskimo is giving his new head coach any tips on the Stamps' defensive schemes is not known.

The Eskimos battle the Stampeders tomorrow at Commonwealth Stadium (8 p.m., CHED) in Week 2 of the CFL regular season.

Cut by the Stampeders in training camp, Young participated in his second Eskimos' practice yesterday, trying to get up to speed on the linebacker and secondary responsibilities.

"I am not going to say anything about (the Calgary Stampeder) playbook," said Young. "Calgary is going to come out there and play hard.

"I think everybody knows the receiver core (in Calgary) is pretty deep. But the secondary (in Edmonton) I know can shut them down. I am going to look forward to seeing them do it."

A 28-year-old import, Young will likely be a spectator this week.

"He is here to help us out as a linebacker and potential free safety and what he is capable of doing on special teams," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

But make no mistake, Young would love to play against his old mates.

"Of course I still have feelings of hurt, especially being there for three years (in Calgary) and spilling everything I did have on the field for them," said Young, who lost a job to JoJuan Armour in Cowtown.

QUICK HIT

Noel Prefontaine is still waiting to take his first hit on special teams this year, but after one game the Edmonton kicker is faring much better on the health front than he was a year ago.

Going four-for-five on field goals in Regina last Saturday to start the real season, Prefontaine passed that test with flying colours after having two concussions last year, which caused him to have trouble focusing on the ball.

"If I took a one-to-10 scale, I think six months ago - and during the course of last year - I was probably a six. I'd say now I am probably an eight," said Prefontaine.

The 10-year CFL veteran isn't giving himself a perfect 10 because there are still some issues with bright light.

"It was a pretty bright game (on Saturday in Regina) and I still have a little sensitivity to light," he remarked.

"I wear sunglasses a lot more than I used to."

But there is no way Prefontaine is going to ask equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak for a tinted helmet visor.

"What would the world come to if a kicker was wearing a visor?" cracked the non-import.

LOCKER FOLLIES

A few Eskimos - including receiver Kamau Peterson - found an unpleasant surprise in their Commonwealth Stadium locker stalls yesterday.

One day after taping assistant athletic therapist Terrill Lobo to the field-goal post to mark his final day on the job, Lobo got even with some pranks of his own.

"For me, I just got Vaseline on the seat of my locker," said Peterson. "But I was able to catch it first. Ha, ha, Terrill."

Lobo pulled the pranks late Monday before officially leaving the Eskimos to become the head athletic therapist for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Receivers Andrew Nowacki and Jason Tucker were also victims to Lobo's handiwork in the locker-room.

"I really don't know why he overreacted so much. What does he expect for leaving?" cracked Peterson.


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