McIntyre makes successful CFL debut
July 20, 2009
Garrett McIntyre made a successful debut in the Canadian Football League on Saturday night.
The former South Tahoe High linebacker made four tackles in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ 25-13 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Hamilton, Ontario.
McIntyre was fourth among the Tiger-Cats in total tackles. Hamilton allowed only one defensive score, as Winnipeg’s other touchdown came on a pick six.
“Obviously, I felt like I could have done some things better,” McIntyre said. “I had their quarterback in my hands, and he got away from me.
“They were a big run team, and I think we did a pretty good job stopping the run.”
McIntyre missed most of the team’s preseason training camp with an ankle injury, was released while his injury healed, then brought back in time to appear in the team’s final preseason game.
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Hamilton made McIntyre one of four inactive players for its season opener, then put the former Fresno State star defensive end on the practice squad. The 6-foot-3 defensive lineman thinks he made the most of the opportunity to start and play throughout the game against Winnipeg.
“I would like to hope I’m locked in for a while, but I can’t really think that way,” he said. “In the first half, I was feeling things out. I think I could be a good fit up here. I just have to keep working, doing the right things and keeping my body healthy.
“Maybe I can have a career up here, who knows?”
With its second straight win, Hamilton improved its record to 2-1. McIntyre said the consecutive victories are the first for the team in several years. For a franchise that was last in the CFL in victories last year, the successful start is almost unexpected.
“We have a lot of good players on this team. I think we’re really solid across the board and have a mix of young guys and veterans,” McIntyre said.
Hamilton and their rookie defensive stalwart will be tested on Thursday night. The Tiger-Cats will play Montreal, a 2008 Grey Cup finalist and unbeaten three games into the season.
“We’ll know where we are at after that game,” McIntyre said. “If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to win a lot of games.”