From the Saskatoon StarPhoenix this morning:
Dylan Barker is starting over.
The 23-year-old product of Moose Jaw assumed the job as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ starting safety this week when Sandy Beveridge announced his retirement from the CFL after just seven-plus seasons. Beveridge, 28, took a job as a firefighter with the Hamilton Emergency Services.
For Barker — the No. 1 pick in the 2008 Canadian college draft after a stellar career with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies — it’s the opportunity for which he has been patiently waiting.
“Sandy was a great mentor,” Barker said Friday, one day before Hamilton’s clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium (4:30 p.m., TSN, CJWW). “He knew the league really well and it was good for me to sit behind him for a bit and see what it takes.
“Last year, it was awesome for me in the last four or five games to get in there and play. That was a good experience for me and really helped me learn. Now it’s second nature to me and I can just go out there, have fun and try to make plays. I’m really comfortable in this defence now.”