HAMILTON - The Tiger-Cats axed six players Thursday, including running back Glenn Milner who hoped to back-up Avon Cobourne this season.
With Milner out of the picture that job will go to Terry Grant who lit up the Montreal Alouettes defence in Wednesday’s preseason game.
Grant rushed for 85 yards on five carries, including a 54-yard, fourth quarter touchdown that capped a huge offensive game for the Ticats and had Ivor Wynne Stadium rocking.
Grant also caught a pass from Quinton Porter in the third quarter that he turned into a 21-yard gain.
Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said Grant’s performance in their 57-20 win over the defending Grey Cup champions cemented his job with the team.
“That dynamic he brings is just exceptional, not too many players can make the run that he made,” said Bellefeuille. “He was too much of an explosive player to pass on.”
Bellefeuille confirmed Grant, a five-foot-9, 190-pound rookie who played for the Alabama Crimson Tide, will back up Cobourne when the Ticats open the regular season, July 1, at home against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
That means kick returner Marcus Thigpen, who backed up at running back last season, will shift to receiver.
“Some of the things came clear to us after watching the film,” said Bellefeuille, explaining why he cut Milner. “We could only keep two running backs, knowing that Marcus Thigpen can also play running back.”
Aside from Milner, the team also cut five players from their defence. Ends Xavier Brown and Morrice Richardson, tackle George Kourtesiotis and backs Pierre Singfield and Darren Toney were released.
Bellefeuille said he has about four more cuts to make and he should have his final decisions made when the team takes the field for practice on Saturday morning.