Lions kicker simply following orders

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Duncan O'Mahony did not experience any off-season nightmares featuring dynamic Argos returners Arland Bruce III and Bashir Levingston as villains.

Bruce and Levingston, in the mind of the B.C. Lions kicker/punter, are just a couple of good athletes, not guys who messed with his head during the Grey Cup game last year.

O'Mahony, who shanked several punts and averaged 27.9 yards on seven kicks in a 27-19 loss to the Boatmen last November, insists the dangerous duo has not -- and will not -- affect him tonight in the season opener at the Rogers Centre.

"We have a scheme, I stick to it and I was doing what I was told," said O'Mahony, who was criticized by Lions coach Wally Buono in media interviews after the Grey Cup.

"It wasn't like I was afraid and I kicked it out of bounds because I didn't want it returned. I'm just doing what I'm told. As a whole, we didn't execute it properly. We played our worst game all year."

O'Mahony's strategy for tonight is simple.

"My job is to kick the ball downfield and our guys will cover it," he said. "That's how we approach it. You don't get more worked up about it, whether it's Keith Stokes or Charles Roberts or whoever is back there. This league is filled with great returners and Toronto has two of them."


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