A troop tryout in Regina

Joe Smith and the B.C. Lions will see some exhibition action against the Sask-atchewan Roughriders...

Joe Smith and the B.C. Lions will see some exhibition action against the Sask-atchewan Roughriders tonight on Taylor Field at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. (file photo)

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

The last time the B.C. Lions played a team wearing different colours, it was November's West final at B.C. Place Stadium. The Saskatchewan Roughriders escaped with an upset win and were crowned Grey Cup champions just a week later.

Tonight the teams meet again in a 6 p.m. kickoff on Taylor Field at Mosaic Stadium in Regina (Team 1040 and team1040.ca).

Since it's the first of only two exhibition games for the Leos, don't expect the kind of intensity of a team seeking revenge. That'll wait until the regular season. Do expect head coach and general manager Wally Buono to give a great deal of playing time to new Lions.

All four quarterbacks are supposed to see action. Particular attention will be given to the battle for the third spot between Gino Guidugli and rookie Zac Champion. Buono will be keeping a close eye on who catches the ball and who blocks or intercepts Riders' passes. There is intense competition to join both the receiving corps and secondary.

Rookie Sean Whyte is expected to handle the kicking duties instead of veteran Paul McCallum.

The Riders will be a different shade of green after CFL coach of the year Kent Austin returned south to his alma mater, the Ole Miss Rebels, after just a year on the sidelines for Saskatchewan. Quarterback Kerry Joseph went east to become the No. 1 pivot for the Toronto Argonauts.


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