Medlock has inside track as Ticats kicker

MIKE THOMAS, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

HAMILTON - After two pre-season games it looks like Justin Medlock is the odds-on favourite to enter the season with kicking duties for the Tiger-Cats.

Medlock was four for four in field goal attempts on Wednesday, his longest being a 34-yard score in the third quarter. Medlock was also Hamilton’s main option for punts and kickoffs in the game.

The kicker was happy with the way he played and was confident it was good enough to be Hamilton’s guy.

“I think I can kick at this level and contribute to the team,” Medlock said.

“I’ve been kicking well."

Spending the past two seasons kicking with the Argonauts, Medlock brings a level of experience the Tiger-Cats need on special teams after field goals were an issue last year.

Being released from the Argos, Medlock would love the opportunity to bring it against his former club.

“It would feel good,” Medlock said. “This team’s strong and hopefully we get a chance to play them. Hopefully I can score some points against them.”

The Tiger-Cats plan on taking only one kicker with them into the season to handle all field goals, punts and kickoffs. Medlock handled all duties with Toronto but needed to work on his punting in camp.

The Tiger-Cats only had two chances to punt on Wednesday, so it’s the field-goal kicking that the coaching staff has to look at. Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said he will look at tape from both pre-season games before making his decision.

“I wanted to be able to get a couple more reps punting,” Medlock said. “I wanted to get into a groove.”

Standing in Medlock’s way is Eric Wilbur, who hasn’t showcased as much accuracy in camp but hit three impressive 40-plus yard field goals Wednesday.

Wilbur has taken reps with field goals in camp but hasn’t done it in a regular game since his high school days.

Wilbur matched Medlock for most of the game but his chances took a hit when he missed a 21 yard field goal in the second quarter.

Wednesday was the final chance each kicker had to impress the Ticats coaching staff before the team makes its final cuts on Saturday afternoon.


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