Blackmon tries to start pro career in CFL

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Former Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon
is trying to build a pro career 2,000 miles away from all the
expectations that shadowed him in college.

Blackmon is hoping to make the roster of the Canadian Football
League's Calgary Stampeders after leaving Auburn following his
injury-shortened junior season. Suspensions and injuries helped
keep him from living up to his billing as one of the nation's top
linebacker prospects coming out of high school.

Now, he has a chance for a fresh start.

Blackmon said he wanted to go somewhere where people judged him
by what he shows them, not by what they have heard or read.

Blackmon missed 17 games in three seasons and recorded only 84
career tackles despite flashes of the talent that led to his status
as a coveted prospect out of LaGrange, Ga.