Nugent looking blue

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- It has become an annual star search in Bomberville since age caught up to Tom Europe: find a reliable starting safety.

Since Europe was found wanting, there was a whole list of failed experiments until Kyries Hebert, an import, finally filled the position rather well after he arrived in town five games into the CFL season last year. But he is being tested at weak-side linebacker in training camp.

Jason Nugent, who was acquired from Edmonton in the deal that sent import defensive lineman Ron Warner to the Eskimos, Ian Logan, John Sullivan and Greg Bearman - all Canucks - are listed on the depth chart now.

"That is one of our key positions because that's the quarterback on defence," new secondary coach Corey Chamblin said.

While the coaches will not say who is leading the race, whispers are that it is between Nugent and Logan, with Nugent enjoying a slight edge to this point. But Hebert can still revert to safety.

Nugent only got into one game for the Eskimos last year because he was rehabbing an ACL torn in college the year before.

"I'm feeling pretty comfortable, just trying to learn every day, get one step better every day," said the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Rutgers product.

"(Defensive co-ordinator Greg) Marshall's got the good gameplan, so I'm just doing whatever he tells me."


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