HAMILTON — Dylan Barker is going home for the second time in his pro career.
Only this time, it’s as a starter in the Ticats defensive secondary.
As if anyone needed further evidence as to why the CFL is such a crazy business, all one had to do was witness the retirement of Sandy Beveridge, who beat out Barker as the starting safety out of training camp. Earlier this week, Beveridge announced he was forgoing his football career to become a fireman.
The move makes Barker, who was taken first overall in the 2008 draft, Hamilton’s every-down safety and its quarterback in the defensive secondary.
While Barker did emerge as the Ticats’ starter late last season, this Saturday’s return to his native Saskatchewan adds another layer to the homecoming.
“It’s always been a dream to be in this position,’’ Barker said on Wednesday. “I’m treating this week like it’s just another game.”
When he returned home last season, Barker needed 50 tickets to handle the demands from family and friends. As of Wednesday, the list was at 30.
“Sandy’s a firefighter now, but I’ve been waiting for this situation and it’s an opportunity I have to capitalize on,’’ Barker said.