Snap decision for 'Gades

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

KEMPTVILLE -- There likely won't be a second chance for veteran long snapper Steve Glenn this time.

The Renegades cut Glenn at the end of last year's training camp, then brought him back. Yesterday, he was cut again.

Known as "Mr. Perfect" for rarely making mistakes when snapping the ball on field-goal and punt attempts, Glenn was one of 10 players axed yesterday.

Among the other players dropped were former NFL first-round draft pick Dimitrius Underwood and halfback Bo Lewis, a former West all-star.

Coach Joe Paopao had a tough time breaking the news to Glenn.

"It was an emotional moment," said Paopao. "This is a guy who's been here since Day One, and he's done everything we've asked him to. It's not easy."

But Glenn, an Ottawa native and resident of Orleans, figured the cut was going to come.

Veteran Marc Pilon, also from Ottawa, was signed during the off-season and has been practising his long snapping. Pilon can also play on the defensive line, while Glenn had a limited role as strictly a snapper and special teams tackler.

"I always thought there was a chance I would be able to make the team," said Glenn last night. "The way I look at it, I got caught in a numbers game, because I felt no one outsnapped me at camp."

Glenn found out he was going to be cut at the camp dormitory late Saturday night.

"Joe cares for his players, and I loved playing for Joe. It was tough," said Glenn.

Last year, Glenn lost his long snapping job to Jason Kralt on the last day of cuts, but returned to the team three days later and played the regular-season opener against Winnipeg after Kralt injured a thumb. Kralt will serve as this year's backup long snapper. The Renegades are also taking a look at rookie Matt Kirk.

Also released yesterday: Offensive lineman Steve Burch, linebacker Erik Dandy, running back Herbert Goodman, receiver Larry "Sparky" Hamilton, linebacker Ray Holdcraft, defensive lineman Michael Moncrief and running back Les Mullings.

All but Mullings are Americans.

Paopao said newcomer Sean Weston, an import rookie, impressed the coaching staff more than Lewis.

"We thought (Lewis) lost a step," said Paopao.

Underwood, signed by the Renegades last month despite a troubled past caused by a bipolar disorder, didn't show the stuff that made him a 1999 NFL first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings.

"There was some rust there," said Paopao of the 6-foot-6, 295-lb. defensive lineman. "We wanted to take a look at him and I thought we saw enough as a staff."

The Renegades need to release 10 more players before midnight tonight.


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