Roughriders getting look at new faces

Rowe and Brakenridge get through debut
Reported by Jamie Nye
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders may be able to peer into their future as the 2011 season is coming to a close.

In last week's loss, the team was able to play defensive end Kenny Rowe and defensive back Tyron Brackenridge after just a few weeks of practice.

Rowe has six tackles and one sack in his debut.

"It was alright. I still have to get better. Hopefully I can do that before this upcoming game."

Rowe comes from the University of Oregon where he was the defensive MVP in the Rose Bowl in 2010 and was a member of the Ducks in the 2011 BCS Championship game.

Head Coach Ken Miller says this could be the beginnings of a decent career.

"He's very bright. He's very athletic. He played well for the limited time that he practiced. It shows a lot about his aptitude and his knowledge."

Moving north

While Rowe got a look in NFL camp this summer, Brackenridge has started in the National Football League before being released in July of this season and being unable to find more work.

The 27-year old defensive back isn't going to allow the disappointment of the NFL put a damper on his passion to play football.

"Just being the type of person I am and having so much passion and love I have for the game, I'm going to come and give it my all. I came in wanting to play. Whenever I have my chance I'll be ready."

Both players don't deny that having a chance in the CFL is hopefully a leaping off point back south but are still here for the love of the game.

News and Notes

Keith Shologan, Dario Romero and Andy Fantuz were back at practice after missing Wednesday's workout. Jerrell Freeman and Remond Willis missed practice again but Miller believes Freeman will play. Rowe will likely get the start ahead of Willis again this week.

Offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld continues to miss practice with an undisclosed injury.

Miller says the trade of Hugh Charles was based on the fact Brandon West has moved ahead of him on the depth chart and salary cap purposes.