Rookie treatment

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

EDMONTON - The pole position isnt the best place to be in every sport.

Returning Edmonton Eskimos receiver Kevin Wuthrich found himself at the top of the heap as he turned 22

on Friday, getting a little rookie treatment from some new faces to close out a three-day rookie camp at Clarke Park.

Led by returning defensive tackle Adam Braidwood, who is returning to the team after two years with a knee injury, the 160-pound Wuthrich was hoisted in the air by defensive linemen Anthony Maddox, Keyon Brown, Andre Coleman and Larry Birdine.

They carried the birthday boy to the north goalpost where they attempted to tie him up and give him the shaving-cream treatment.

At first, I tried to fight it, but then its just like: Adam Braidwood, UFC, Ultimate Fighter or whatever, so I just let him do it and let him have his fun, laughed Wuthrich, who joined the Eskimos last season as an area-protected junior.

I did not (see it coming). I just thought it was going to be like a water bottle in the head or something, not taped to the pole. Thats the first time thats ever happened to me.

In truth, he didnt actually end up stuck to the

goalpost.

No, I thought it would be worse, Wuthrich said. I thought theyd have duct tape or something. Maybe next year, right?

Although rookies to the CFL, a couple of the linemen involved have NFL experience.

The older guys, they treat me as a rookie still, said Wuthrich, who shared his time last season between practising with the Eskimos and playing with the Edmonton Wildcats of the Canadian Junior Football League.

Im OK with that, its all in good fun and this teaches me I need to work harder to get to where I need to be.

At least he knew enough to keep his mouth shut about his birthday.

My good buddy (equipment assistant) Mackenzie Mandruziak, he let the mouse out of the bag, Wuthrich said.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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