On the eve of the start of rookie camp, the BC Lions coaches and player hopefuls that will descend on Kamloops are in for a tough few days.
For rookies, these next few days may be their one chance to catch someone’s eye. It can mean the difference between a career in professional football, or the reality that it’s time for a career adjustment. Adding to the challenge is the fact that for most of these prospects, they are coming from south of the border, and have never seen, or played a down of Canadian football.
For the coaches, the pressure is on to find the next diamond in the rough and not let him fall through the cracks. They have a matter of days to decide who carries on to the main cam and who hands in their playbooks.
Sometimes the decisions are easy. As Lowell Ullrich of the Fifth Quarter writes, some players may not even get on the bus to Kamloops due to the logistics of getting into Canada. Some will make the trip, and head home the next day. One mistake, one brain cramp can be the difference. Of course, none of the players would be invited if the Lions hadn’t seen something already and it’s now up to the players to show what they’ve got, and for the coaches to recognize it.
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