Scott might be a great catch for Renegades

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- The Renegades are intent on bringing Johnny Scott to camp, even though they are strong and deep in import defensive linemen.

On Friday, they put in a claim for the 36-year-old veteran, who had been placed on waivers by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Today, they find out if they get him.

"We talked to him ... it's up to them to recall him," said head coach/GM Joe Paopao.

"The ball's in their court."

And the Ticats are likely done with Scott, who joins Tim Cheatwood and Joe Montford as the third member of Hamilton's 2004 'front four' to move on.

Scott, who had 33 tackles and four sacks in 16 games last season, was taking part in his 12th CFL training camp. Along with the Ticats (2003-04), the Austin, Tex., native has played for (Toronto, 200-02), B.C. (1996-99) and Shreveport (1994-95).

A 6-foot-2, 270-pounder who never attended college, Scott won his first pro job with the Pirates after being discovered at their free agent tryout. He caught the attention of none other than Bernie Glieberman.

"It was before I got there," said Forrest Gregg, the Renegades VP of football operations, who was the coach of Glieberman's Pirates.

"Somehow, he kind of got lost in the shuffle, but Bernie told the coaches they should give him another look, and he wound up with us for two years. He was a work in progress ... a very muscular guy, and an outstanding athlete."

Currently, the Renegades have nine import defensive linemen, including returnees Jerome Haywood, Kai Ellis, Keaton Cromartie, John Turntine and A.C. Collier. Almost certain to make the team are newcomers Ray Jacobs and Dimitrius Underwood, and rookie Derek Kennard has impressed. Ottawa natives Cam Legault and Marc Pilon will rotate at a tackle position.

"To me, if you've got a chance to get a player you know can play, you put it in the mix and let it come out," said Gregg.

HASH MARKS: PK Matt Kellett was good on just three of eight field goal tries from the 42-45 yard range in yesterday's scrimmage ... The Renegades unwound with their annual training camp talent showcase last night. The team has today off and resumes two-a-day practices tomorrow ... WR Pat Woodcock was among the handful (okay, handfuls) of Renegades who did not take part in yesterday's scrimmage. He's nursing a hamstring problem ... Veteran Yo Murphy, the team's top receiver in 2004, had two catches for 39 yards, including a 35-yarder over the middle from Paul Peterson.


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