Talk primary in 'Gade secondary

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

It is the least secure side of the Renegades secondary, given that both spots were still available to bidders until the final days of camp.

And with the talented and talkative twosome of Bo Rogers and Korey Banks at the other corner and halfback positions, respectively, it would also figure to be the quieter side.

However, Da'Shann Austin aims to generate his own smack starting with tomorrow's regular campaign opener in Edmonton -- both with his pads and his mouth.

"I'm gonna lay it on anybody I get a chance to lay it on," said Austin, a physical defensive back cast adrift by the B.C. Lions and brought into the Ottawa fold after the pre-season schedule ended. "That's what I pride myself on. If I have a chance to get the coach, if he steps out on the field, I'll get the coach."

QUOTE MACHINE

Beautiful. Another quote machine in the Renegade secondary. Reporters are going to start bringing an extra notebook to Frank Clair Stadium, with the likes of Banks, Rogers and Austin.

"I do my fair share (of talking) on the field," said the newest chatterbox. "It keeps you in the game, on your toes. You have that extra incentive to play hard, because you have to back up your mouth."

The Renegades obviously know and like Austin's football skills as well. Before becoming a Lion, he played for Renegades DB coach Jaime Hill when the two were with the Calgary Stampeders. In B.C., he was on the same side as Ottawa defensive line coach Richard Harris.

Austin's arrival spells the end for veteran George McCullough, who the Renegades are releasing.

Tomorrow night against the Eskimos, Austin gets the start at the wide side half spot ahead of Sean Weston, who had a good camp. Lining up beside him will be Greg Moss, a rookie corner who assistant coaches Jim Clark, Tommy Condell and Hill discovered at a free agent camp in Miami during the off-season.Interestingly, he went for the audition only at the urging of his friend Rogers, who is also best pals with Moss' cousin, NFL receiver Santana Moss.

A diminutive, 5-foot-7, 175 lbs., Moss is but 22 years old.

He won a starting job based on his strong pre-season, an ability to return punts and kicks and that slow to heal knee injury that will keep Crance Clemons sidelined another three weeks or so.

'BUTTERFLIES'

"Every football game, you're going to have butterflies," Moss, who went to college at some place called Florida International, said when asked about making his debut at Commonwealth Stadium, a burial grounds for many an Ottawa DB over the past two decades.

"But once that first play is over, your confidence takes over. The confidence in myself and the system."

Rounding out the secondary is safety Quincy Coleman, who has spent the previous four seasons with the Eskimos.

"It's special to go out and play against friends," said Coleman. "There's going to be a point to prove, but I just have to be aggressive, play my game and do what I can do."


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