It's amazing how quickly Dave Stala has become important in the Als receiving corps.
His stellar play supplanted Kwame Cavil recently from the starting roster and impacted the trade that sent him to the Edmonton Eskimos for defensive lineman Clinton Wayne.
Now Stala has been moved into the slotback spot normally filled by Ben Cahoon, one of the best inside receivers in the league.
"It really is hard to gauge what is going to happen," Als head coach Don Matthews said yesterday. "Dave Stala is playing his position, but (the players move around). He has the best hands on the team. He's a taller clone of Cahoon."
Stala, a third-year player out of St. Mary's, appreciated Matthews' kind words.
"That's a very good complement coming from the coach," he said. "I'm just going to go out on the field and do what I can and help our team.
"This year I've been moved around a couple times. I've played outside on the strong side, inside slot on the strong side and this week the weak side slot. Ben has helped me out with where I should be on the field and certain coverages. I think I'll be comfortable out there."
The 25-year-old became a starter this year after the Als had openings in their receiving corps following the off-season losses of Jeremaine Copeland to Calgary and Thyron Anderson to the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.
"It is an achievement to start, but I still want to keep playing well and with Ben now being out, I believe I have a bigger role on the team," he said.