Stampeders Offensive Line

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    The Calgary Stampeders open training camp Sunday with experience at almost every position.

    With a few exceptions, the starters from the team that lost in the Grey Cup final to the host Toronto Argonauts in 2012 remained in red and white for 2013.

    "As far as our overall roster is concerned, I'm pleased with our depth," head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said Tuesday.

    Pre-camp buzz has been about starting quarterback Drew Tate's durability and whether veteran backup Kevin Glenn will have to step into the breach again this year. Hufnagel has declared Tate his starter for this season.

    Where training camp gets interesting for the coach is how a couple of Albertan behemoths battling for offensive line jobs might impact his ratio of import and non-import players.

    Medicine Hat's Dan Federkeil is attempting to revive a football career that includes four seasons with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and a Super Bowl ring in 2006.

    Repeated concussions forced him into retirement in 2009 and the 29-year-old hasn't played a game since then. Federkeil, six foot six and 290 pounds, has been cleared to play again. The Stampeders acquired his rights from the Toronto Argonauts, who drafted him back in 2006.

    Spencer Wilson was born in Toronto, but went to high school in Calgary. The six-foot-seven, 325-pounder played junior football for the Calgary Colts, while Federkeil played university ball for the Calgary Dinos.

    Wilson, 25, earned his first start for the Stampeders last August, but spent the last five games of the season on the injured list.

    "This is a big training camp for Spencer Wilson, a big training camp for Dan Federkeil," Hufnagel said. "First of all for Dan to get back on the field and to survive, but also for Spencer. He's going to be given every opportunity to win that job and we'll see how it turns out.

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