Scott's tackling new club

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- Johnny Scott thinks he still has a couple of good years left in the tank.

The affable defensive tackle joined the Renegades for practice yesterday morning at training camp and was happy with the ways he was able to move his 282-lb. frame around in the stiffling heat.

The Texas native, who turns 36 next month, is bidding for a job after being released by Hamilton last week.

"I'm a solid player. I always have been a solid player," said the former all-star who began his CFL career in 1994 for the Shreveport Pirates, coached by Forrest Gregg and owned by the Gliebermans.

"It was something special because it was my first tour of duty in football."

Scott, who didn't play collegiate football, found out through a friend about a tryout camp being staged by the Pirates and trained four months to get ready.

He was good enough to stick in the CFL for 11 seasons, becoming a West all-star twice with the B.C. Lions, and an East all-star in 2000 and 2002.

CUT BY 'CATS

Scott lost his spot on the Tiger-Cats' D-line last week, and figured he'd end up in Ottawa, where he is reunited with Gregg, the Gliebermans and Joe Paopao, who coached him in B.C. in 1996.

"I felt that this may be the team I was going to come to," said Scott. "I really didn't want to go to the West. I wanted to stay in the East, and (the Renegades) showed some interest in me. I was happy as a pig in slop to come back."

Paopao said Scott is tough against the run and can make big plays at crunch time. "He's got lots of experience, and he's a load inside," said the coach.

KENNEDY'S RETURNING: The Renegades are bringing back QB Darnell Kennedy, who was cut by Calgary on Thursday. Kennedy was Ottawa's backup last season before signing with the Stampeders as a free agent. He was re-signed because current backup Brad Banks suffered a sprain in his right throwing shoulder during Thursday's pre-season game in Montreal and will be sidelined for at least a week.

CAMP BITS: Canadian FB Lloyd Orris was cut to make room for a camp roster spot for Scott ... Import DL Michael Moncrief missed yesterday's practice with a knee strain and is listed as day-to-day.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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