Former Sun kicker gets his Shott
Aug 20, 2013 / 2:55 pm
Former Okanagan Sun kicker Steve Shott is getting his 'shot' with the CFL's BC Lions.
Shott, who played with the Sun from 2008 through 2012, signed a practice roster agreement with the Leos.
He will back-up veteran Paul McCallum (43), 20 years his senior.
Shott made 57 of 95 field goals he attempted over his injury plagued five seasons with the Sun including a CJFL record 57 yarder Oct. 3, 2012 at the Apple Bowl.
He also missed nearly two full seasons after undergoing back surgery.
He played just two games over a two year span before returning for the final regular season game last year.
Shott, who was at practice with the Lions Monday, replaces Hugh O'Neill, who was released last week.
The 23-year-old Carson Graham product showed off the strongest leg during training camp in Kamloops, but was a casualty of the numbers game.
He was apparently just hours away from committing to the CIS UBC Thunderbirds when the Lions came calling.
"Getting cut was devastating," Shott told Lowell Ulrich at The Province.
"But it wasn't discouraging. I never really got down on myself. I had an all-right camp. I have the leg strength. I need to work on consistency."
Shott will get a chance to work on that consistency with McCallum, who has spent 23 seasons in the CFL.
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