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With key players exploring greener pastures, 
recruiting class being looked upon to perform 

NICK FROST experience the first time around. 

Managing Editor _ "Those two days are always tough, and the 

learning curve is steep for the young players, but 
With training camp in the books, regular prac- you just have to push them through it." Friesen 

rices having already commenced, and the linger- said. "The physical demands are tough especially 

ing feeling of last year’s 2-6 ret:ord burrowed for first-year players, but you have to maintain 

into their minds, the University of Alberta that they take care of their body and are under- 

Golden Bears loot ball is preparing themselves standing the concepts that are being introduced, 

for a brighter future in 2009. But. from day one to day five, were pleased with 

Though a number of notable players—spedfi- the improvements that we’ve seen” 
cally OL Simeon Rotlier, who now sports the black Most of last year’s veterans will be back to 

and gold of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cats, along provide the stability and leadership that Friesen 

with Edmonton Eskimos' OL Gold Hinse and D1 hopes will aid in the team’s ascent towards the 

Greg Whelan — will not be back at Foote Field top of the Canada West standings. Particularly 

this year, die Bears aren’t overly concerned about on the defensive side of the ball, a number of 
the oil-field product making any regression. fourth- and fifth-years will bring their experi- 

Head coach Jerry Friesen and company ence back to Foote Field, where Alberta had one 
approached this summer's recruitment with the of the highest points-against averages in 2008. 
intention of getting better all around, and believe "They want to go out there and improve, and 

that they’re bringing in a number of new faces make sure that they're getting belter,” Friesen 

that can make strong contributions to the veteran explained. "But it's just a matter of becoming 

core right away. confident in what their structure is and. as they 

“One of the big things was to go out and progress, seeing some of their leadership skills 
recruit competitive players thal could contribute come out.” 

to our fotxball team—that was a major task in Alberta’s first test as a unit, in preparation for 
the offseason.” Friesen said. "The other thing theliomeopeneronSeptember-fagaiiisttheUBC 
was to make sure that the young players that we Thunderbirds, will come this Saturday when the 
had last year had a good offseason not only in the team travels east across the Alberta border to face 
weight room, but also on the field.” the Saskatchewan Huskies. 

Many of the new recruits — notably, quarter- “The biggest thing is to make sure that we gain 
back Julian Ma n-ban d, running back Harpreet experience in a live-game situation, so that when 
Turka, and wide receiver Karl Mome — got the UBC comes into town [for the home opener], 

opportunity to display their skills at training camp we've established a comfort level going into that 

t his past week, and while some had better show- game. We're going into Saskatoon to face the 

ings than others, Friesen understands that expe- Huskies, and they’re a good benchmark for us to 

riencing a CIS training camp can be a difficult see how competitive we can be." 

California-born receiver Mome ready to join 
Golden Bears, bring explosive play to the field 

NICK FROST yards, as well as one touchdown. 

"He was interested in our football program, 
and we were interested in him because lie’s a 
Though most people wouldn’t think that anyone very good atliiete out a very high-quality foot- 
in their right mind would ever trade in the ball program down in California," Friesen said, 
sunshine and larger-than-life atmosphere of "He’ll come in and leave his impact on this foot- 
California for the smaller and often colder land- ball team for a few years." 
scape of Alberta, die same can't be said of Karl On the field, Mome should provide the 
Mome. Bears with an explosive, face-paced offence at 

Originally a native of Lathrop, California, the wide-out position, as well as the ability to 
Mome — the newest member of the Golden provide speed and maneuvrability as a kick- 
Bears wide-receiving core, and one of the most returner. However, having spent Iris entire 
highly-touted additions to the team — has spent football career to date in the United States, 
the last few years compel ing in football programs Friesen says that Mome will have to make some 
in the west-coast state, which are well-known small adjustments in order to accommodate 
for producing quality training and conditioning. the minor differences between American and 
Having lived in Toronto, and with family right Canadian football. 

here in Edmonton, however, he’s decided to "He’s got very good speed — I think the big- 
made the trek back up to Canada in order to both gest challenge for him is understanding the 
attend classes at the University of Alberta and suit Canadian game, the width of the field, thelearn- 
up for the varsity Green and Gold. ing curve going from a high-quality high-school 

"The biggest thing is that he’s an academic football program. But what he brings is g<x)d 
and that we wanted to come up here,” Bears speed and good hands," Friesen explained, 
head coach Jerry Friesen explained. "He’s also a Coming in as a rookie this year, Mome will be 
Canadian citizen and that's another aspect of it. given some time to gain his legs and flush out 
He wanted to come up here and take biological the usual mistakes that first-years are sometimes 
engineering or one of those science programs. prone to making —come game-time in early 
He does have family in Edmonton, and that’s one September, however, the young receiver will 
of the links. be looked upon to fill some of the holes left by 

After discovering that Mome, who’s coming departures in the Bears downfield attack, 
off of a successful run with the Sierra High ”1 think it's just a matter of him being com- 
Schoo! Timberwolves in San Diego, was keen fbrtable — we jusl want to move him slowly," 
on joining the program, Friesen and his staff Friesen said. "We know that lie’s a very good 
made it a priority to bring him in. In seven athlete and we want to move hint up the learn- 
games with the T-Wolves last season, the 6-2, ing curve easily, giving liira more responsibili- 
190 lb. receiver hauled Lu five catches for 36 ties as rime goes on.”