Marshall digging his new gig

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- The Undertaker. Could there be a better nickname for a co-ordinator of a defence working to establish a take-no-prisoners attitude?

Former Rough Rider great Greg Marshall is certainly living the part off the field, at least.

Marshall, who joined the Renegades in the off-season after five seasons coaching in Edmonton, is renting an apartment above a funeral home in Hull. Not one to be spooked easily, he admits to hearing some indistinguishable noises the first night -- and bringing in a TV and radio the next.

"I'm not seeing much of it these days," he said of the humble abode, referring to an extended road trip that is training camp in Kemptville. "But it's all I need right now."

All Marshall wants tonight is to see that his defence has been paying attention so far.

"I want to see us line up correctly, and that we understand what we're supposed to be doing," he said of Ottawa's pre-season opener in Montreal. "I realize there will be some hiccups, but I hope we have a good understanding of what we're doing. I'm looking for effort, for the guys to fly around and make some plays."

So far, Marshall has seen some things he likes. He has seen hotly contested jobs on a defensive line, with individuals taking turns standing out. "One day an Anthony Collier will jump up, the next Jerome (Haywood) will jump up," he said. "A guy like (rookie) Derek Kennard has been a very pleasant surprise ... but there hasn't been one guy all the time."

Marshall has been pleased with veteran Gerald Vaughn, who has provided expected leadership and savvy.

His concern is as the team's was entering camp -- the secondary. He says Korey Banks and Bo Rogers have been the two standouts.

"Injuries and no-shows have affected our depth back there," said Marshall. "We're trying to move them around and find the best combinations ... we need to see where the secondary is at. I think we have some good players, but now is the time to find out for sure. (Tonight) will be a good test."

SIDELINES: SB Pat Woodcock, who has been bothered by a hamstring, is expected to play about a quarter tonight ... Joe Paopao and his staff will evaluate film from tonight's game, then decide on roster moves tomorrow. Some players will be released over the weekend, with the Renegades needing to get down to a required 50-man roster by midnight Monday ... The Renegades will leave for Montreal around noon.

KICKING IT OFF

Quick facts about the Renegades' pre-season opener vs. the Alouettes tonight:

- WHERE: Percival Molson Stadium, Montreal

- WHEN: 7 p.m.

- TV: None

- RADIO: Team 1200


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