Stamps’ gamble pays off as second-rounder Brett Jones signs

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    University of Regina offensive lineman didn’t get in to medical school, so he’ll aim for a CFL spot
    Ian Hamilton, Postmedia News

    Brett Jones has picked a career path.

    The University of Regina Rams offensive lineman, whose position in the 2013 CFL draft was impacted by the number of career options he had, has decided to sign with the Calgary Stampeders.

    The 21-year-old Weyburn product declined to reveal terms of the deal, which he said he signed Tuesday. The Stampeders have yet to announce the transaction.

    Jones — a first-team CIS All-Canadian in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons — was expected to go in the first round of the draft, but he told teams before the event that he had applied to the University of Saskatchewan’s medical school.

    Teams then backed off and Jones fell to Calgary in the second round (16th overall).

    As it turned out, however, the 6-foot-2, 304-pounder didn’t get into the U of S — an outcome which he called “pretty disappointing.”

    “(Medical school) was the big thing I wanted to do,” Jones said. “Now I’ve got to keep trying . . .

    “I was frustrated when I didn’t get in, but I’m excited to do this (play in the CFL). This is the option I’ve got now and it’s going to be cool.”

    Jones said the process of negotiating a contract also was “kind of cool,” as the sides went back and forth.

    “It just takes time,” said Jones, who was to leave Regina on Tuesday night to drive to Calgary, where rookie camp is to begin Thursday. “You’ve just got to stick to what you want to try to get and that’s what I did.”

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