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Defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry and defensive lineman John Turntine will have their work cut...

Defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry and defensive lineman John Turntine will have their work cut out for them when the Renegades visit Calgary tomorrow for a key encounter with the Stamps. (Errol McGihon, Sun Media file photo)

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

The Renegades will have a different look on the defensive front for tomorrow's critical game against the Calgary Stampeders. The club is loading up on young, athletic players up front with the main goal of putting pressure on the pass-happy Stampeders and their quarterback, something the team sorely lacked during a loss to the B.C. Lions last weekend.

"We're looking at different options," said Renegades defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry, who, along with the rest of his coaching colleagues, is under the gun to leave Calgary with a win against the 2-10 Stampeders -- or else.

"What we want is a winning combination, and up to this point, it hasn't been a winning combination."

The Renegades have lost five straight and eight of the last nine.

Among the changes to the defensive line is the CFL debut of rush end Anthony "A.C." Collier.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder from Baylor University has spent the season on the practice roster.

GREAT INSTINCTS

"He's very athletic, big and he has great football instincts," said Etcheverry. "We're looking forward to seeing what he can do."

Collier signed with the Renegades in January after a collegiate career that included two seasons at Baylor after a year at junior college in Texas.

In 2001, he had an outstanding first season in the Big 12, making 46 tackles (11 for losses) for Baylor and was nominated for many post-season awards.

READY TO GO

"I've been looking forward to this for the whole year," said Collier, flashing some of the six gold teeth he owns, one of which has the engraved letter A, and two diamond studs in his lower front teeth.

"It's hard coming to the games, watching my friends and my teammates play while I'm just sitting on the sidelines," he said.

The Renegades are also adding veteran Keaton Cromartie and rarely-used rookie lineman John Turntine to the roster.

Cromartie will start at rush end, but Etcheverry said Collier will be used liberally as a substitute.

Canadian cornerback Dave Donaldson will return to the lineup after missing last week's game with a leg injury.

Defensive linemen Kai Ellis and Pene Talamaivao and linebacker Gerald Vaughn, who is nursing a knee injury, are out of this week's lineup.

Donaldson takes the roster spot of fellow Canadian Pat Woodcock who suffered a dislocated toe during last week's game.

The Renegades are making two other changes. Centre George Hudson returns after missing one week with a back injury and replaces Mike Homewood, who was activated for his CFL debut against B.C.

Receiver Sherron Gideon, who has battled quadriceps and hamstring injuries most of the season, gets back on the field. Running back Raymonn Adams will sit.

One other roster issue of note -- struggling rookie Sandro Sciortino will remain as the team's placekicker against the Stampeders while Brian Holmes, brought in and signed to the practice roster this week, will stay in Ottawa.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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