Two Bisons have an outside chance

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

It could be a quiet Saturday for the Manitoba Bisons on CFL draft day.

Receiver Simon Blaszczak and offensive lineman Matt Singer have the best chances of being picked tomorrow, but it's quite possible that no member of the Herd will get the call.

"You never know," head coach Brian Dobie said. "There might be a surprise, but those would be the two potentials."

Bob Dyce, who is Winnipeg Blue Bombers director of Canadian player personnel, said Blaszczak had a rough go of it last fall, which is why his draft stock took a tumble.

"Simon Blasczcak had a challenging year with injuries and things like that, but people thought enough of him to bring him out to the combine," Dyce said.

"So do you base it on his body of work as a college player, or do you base it on one season and an afternoon at the combine? There's probably more guys who think like I do, where you look at the big picture."

NEW BLOOD: The Bisons yesterday introduced three more Winnipeg high school players who have committed to the team and will take part in this weekend's annual spring camp.

Oak Park defensive back Trevor MacHutchon, St. Paul's linebacker Al Turnbull and Churchill running back Sean Clark are all joining the fold.

Clark led the Bulldogs to the Winnipeg High School Football League title in November, while Turnbull is the son of local curling legend Ray Turnbull, who attended two Bombers camps in the 1960s.

"Hopefully this weekend will show me where I am compared to these big guys and give me what I need to improve on," Clark said.

The camp, featuring approximately 115 players, starts tonight and concludes with a scrimmage on Sunday afternoon.

There will be plenty of battles this weekend, as six starters, including quarterback John Makie, graduated from last year's non-playoff squad. Dobie said 90% of his team will be solidified through this weekend's camp.

TIME TO SHINE: Henry, along with Bisons nose tackle Eddie Steele and offensive lineman Landon Rice will compete in the East West Bowl next weekend in London, Ont.

The game is a showcase for players who will be eligible for next year's CFL draft.

Henry, who suffered a gruesome broken leg in the 2007 Vanier Cup, can't wait to strut his stuff. He set personal bests in the bench press, squat, vertical jump and pro agility tests earlier this week.

"I'm feeling great. I've been working harder than I ever worked," Henry said. "Coming off that injury I had to get my body back up to 100%, and it's at 110% right now."


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