'Gades name Jenkins as director of U.S. scouting

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

The Renegades have added an experienced and respected talent evaluator to the organization.

John Jenkins was yesterday named the team's director of U.S. scouting, giving Ottawa its first full-time birddog south of the border.

Jenkins, who was the run-and-shoot loving offensive co-ordinator at the University of Houston when Andre Ware was a record-setting college QB, handled the same chores with the Argos and Stampeders, whom he worked for last season.

He will scout NFL training camps and U.S. colleges for the Renegades.

"I'm really excited to be joining the Renegades and working for Forrest Gregg," Jenkins said of the team's VP of football operations, who he has known for many years. "I have a great amount of respect for the Renegades organization and I think the fans should be excited for this year and the future."

Coach and GM Joe Paopao says he welcomes having another "set of eyes" scouring for talent.

"I don't have a problem with that," said Paopao. "I know John personally. He's a funny guy and a good guy, and he's been around some championship teams."

Paopao said director of player personnel Chris McRobbie would continue on with "in house" responsibilities and do some scouting.

EXTRA POINTS: RT Ibrahim Khan missed practice so he could rest a knee he banged up in Saturday's win. He is questionable for Thursday's game against Edmonton. "I hope I can play, but we'll see how I feel (today)," he said. The Renegades hope that Khan can at least dress as the sixth offensive lineman, in which case they may also suit up a seventh in J.F. Roy. Without Khan, George Hudson would likely move to right tackle from centre while Mike Sutherland becomes the starting snapper. Import LT Reggie Nelson will miss another week with an ankle injury ... DB Da'Shann Austin (concussion) will likely miss this week's game. Sean Weston is expected to dress in his place.


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