Lions' Brown running hard for a job

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

VANCOUVER - It's only pre-season. We get it.

The B.C. Lions' two convincing exhibition wins do nothing for the team's confidence, defensive back Korey Banks said.

Even coach Wally Buono stressed he's "a big believer that pre-season can fool you," adding he doesn't want to get too carried away by what has happened in the two previews leading up to the CFL season.

But while some veterans may brush aside the meaningless games, that mind-set doesn't resonate with every player in the dressing room.

For Tim Brown, it has been an opportunity to earn a job. Based on his impressive pre-season showings - especially in the Lions' 34-6 win Wednesday over the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- he very well may have done just that.

The import running back, who more or less is auditioning for the kick returner spot, has made an early impact.

Wednesday, his 36-yard kickoff return put the Lions in great field position from the get-go, leading to a Paul McCallum field goal. By the end of the night, Brown had 88 combined return yards and a four-yard reception for a touchdown.

Asked if he felt he has proved himself enough to secure the starting job, he said, "I would hope so. It boosts my confidence a lot going to the next game, God-willing if I'm here, and try to have the same success that I had (Wednesday)."

Buono said Brown, whose shot at a job improved Thursday with the Lions releasing running back Michael Smith, has delivered as expected.

"Tim's not a surprise to us," Buono said. "When he came to our Vegas workouts, all the things you saw here, he showed. He showed tremendous quickness, the ability to catch the football, and I think he's going to be a good addition."

Brown, a Stockton, Calif., native, who is generously listed at 5-foot-8, has come a long way since his college days at Temple University. After his studies, he took a year off because of family reasons before returning to the gridiron, playing two seasons in the Indoor Football League with the Billings Outlaws and winning back-to-back championships. Thanks to Lions director of player personnel Roy Shivers, who noticed Brown at San Francisco College (prior to Temple), he's getting a shot at outdoor football again and a different game in Canada.

"This Canadian game is fast," Brown said. "I thought I had some creases where I can get by people -- man, the pursuit was crazy. You can't think about what you're going to do. You can't run from sideline to sideline, you've just got to get up the field now.

"There are also a lot more guys in the Canadian League with 12 (on the field). I would say to the coaches, 'I get past 11 but the last guy, coach, I got to get used to it.' "

B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay has taken notice of the 26-year-old's sense of urgency.

"For him to have this opportunity to play on a bigger stage, you can tell," Lulay said. "He's taking everything he can to take a hold of it. He did a great job (Wednesday), and now we're going to come to expect that from him and I think he's up for the task."


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