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Stampeders set to chase Lions QB Jennings, not Lulay

A week after saying that sacking Mike Reilly was like hitting a tackling dummy, Charleston Hughes was at it again.

This time, though, the Stampeders defensive end’s focus was set squarely on B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings.

Jennings is the type of QB who is capable of hurting defences with his feet as well as his arm, but if he chooses to scramble out of the pocket against the Stampeders, Hughes promises he’ll be waiting.

“It’s like a lion stalking prey,” Hughes said Friday from McMahon Stadium. “I get to just chase him around and play with him a little bit before I sack him.”

The quote got a good laugh from both Jennings and Hughes’ Stampeders teammates, all of whom insist they haven’t had to change up their gameplan all that much with Jennings in at QB for the Lions instead of Travis Lulay.

The Stamps know Jennings presents a threat on the ground, but they were expecting the same thing from Lulay before a knee injury ended his season last weekend.

“I think Travis is a little bit more polished, but I think Jonathon, athletically, is about as good as they come in this league,” said Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson of the Lions quarterbacks.

The last time the Stamps and the Lions played was back in mid-August in Vancouver, and Jennings threw for 240 yards and one touchdown to go along with two interceptions and six carries for 39 yards on the ground.

The Stamps did manage to sack him twice, though, and would clearly like to get more on Saturday at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770).

“It’s always fun, Jenning has gotten everybody so you always want to get him back for it,” said Stampeders linebacker Alex Singleton, before being asked if he viewed himself as a lion and Jennings as prey. “However Charleston put it, just quote that twice.”

TRIBUTE
There aren’t many people with a better understanding of what Stan Schwartz and Kelvin Anderson meant to the Stampeders than Wally Buono.

The longtime Stamps head coach – now the head coach of the B.C. Lions – spoke proudly of the contributions Anderson and Schwartz made to the club on Friday, a day after they were inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

“Obviously, you have to be really happy for them but also you have to feel proud, because they were a big part of the success here with the Stampeders,” Buono said Friday afternoon. “Kelvin was a perennial 1,000-yard rusher, but not only that, he was also good at all the other facets and great in the locker room.

“Stan, when you look at guys who bled red, that was Stan … He put his heart and soul into everything.”

THORN BACK

With the return of Cam Thorn to the lineup, the Stampeders have plenty of Canadian options on the offensive line for the first time in a while, although American Ucambre Williams may very well keep his starting centre job.

“Kind of getting back to what we wanted to do on our offensive line. Getting our guys healthy on that, which allows us to get other guys on in different positions,” Dickenson said. “It’s good to have communication, another centre in the building. It makes our unit a better unit.”

STILL UNCLEAR

Usually, the release of the Stampeders depth chart the day before a game gives us a pretty good idea of who will be playing, and where.

But the Stamps defensive tackle position remains a bit of a mystery next to Micah Johnson.

Derek Wiggan and Michael Klassen are both on the roster, but don’t be surprised to see Mike Rose get his first game-time of the season.

“Both (Wiggan and Klassen are in), and then we’re still debating little bit on Mike Rose — we feel like he could be a guy who could help us out,” Dickenson said. “We’ll see. I definitely think Klassen and Wiggan will be able to play some and have that role back and forth, then we’ll see what we do with the rest of them.”

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