Medlock gets his kicks in Steeltown

MIKE THOMAS, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

HAMILTON - When the Tiger-Cats released Sandro DeAngelis a week before training camp, the kicking position was up for grabs.

Last year’s Ticat punter and DeAngelis back-up, Eric Wilbur, is being challenged for the key assignment by former Argonaut kicker Justin Medlock.

“They’re (each) proficient in all three areas — they can punt, kick field goals and kick off,” said head coach Marcel Bellefeuille.

To some, Medlock looks like the front-runner because of his experience at the position. Medlock saw time kicking field goals for Toronto in each of the last two seasons and feels his accuracy is the strongest part of his game.

“Kicking field goals is something I’ve been doing for a long time and I feel like I kick pretty well,” said Medlock. “If I’m given the shot I feel like I’ll do well.”

Field goal accuracy was something the Tiger-Cats struggled with last year. In DeAngelis’ only season with the club he posted a career-low 76.2 field goal percentage, leading to his release.

Having CFL experience as a kicker isn’t something Medlock wants to rely on competing for this job.

“I don’t know what they’re looking for, I’m just working on getting myself ready for the season,” said Medlock.

Something Medlock is working hard on in camp is his punting, and adjusting to taking snaps from new teammates.

For Eric Wilbur, punting is an area of comfort. Kicking, not so much.

“I feel good on punts but my field goals are rusty,” said Wilbur. “I’ve got to work on my accuracy on field goals right now. I just want to be consistent from 45 yards and in.”

Wilbur is the only kicker of the three that has worked with the club before this year but having spent more time with the Tiger-Cats coaches doesn’t make him think he has an edge on the other two.

“No one has a leg up right now,” said Wilbur. “They’re going to take whoever the best player is.”


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