O-linemen plot to chill out Eskimos

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

As they brace themselves for another Edmonton rush, the Renegades will have a different looking offensive line than the one that allowed seven sacks in a season-opening 41-16 loss to the Eskimos.

Val St. Germain will again start at left tackle for injured import Reggie Nelson, who replaced rookie Marc Parenteau after the Commonwealth Stadium debacle.

Centre George Hudson is expected to start at right tackle for tomorrow's return match at Frank Clair Stadium, as Ibrahim Khan will miss the game with a right knee injury.

Mike Sutherland will make his first start of the season at centre, while import Morris Unutoa and Pacal Cheron man the guard positions.

St. Germain will likely have the prime responsibility for keeping 22-year-old rush end Rashad Jeanty away from quarterback Kerry Joseph.

Jeanty, who signed a one-year contract extension with the Esks this week, had three of Edmonton's sacks when the teams met June 24.

"He's a young kid with a lot of energy ... you've just got to get in his way," said the veteran St. Germain. "You've got to have good technique, and the older you get the better your technique gets. You have to set yourself properly and make him go through you rather than around you."

But the real secret to nullifying Edmonton's pass rush?

"We can run the ball successfully, first and foremost," said St. Germain, who, along with his fellow O-linemates, helped Josh Ranek run for 164 yards and CFL offensive player of the week honours against Calgary last Saturday.

"The last game (against Edmonton) we got in a hole early and had to pass to come back. Whenever that happens, the other team just throws its run defence out the window, pins its ears back and comes at you. We have to give them something more to think about than just pass rush."

EXTRA POINTS: Highly-touted CB Crance Clemons was on the practice field this week and will join workouts wearing pads next week. Clemons, who has been recovering from knee surgery, is expected to be available for duty when Ottawa plays host to Saskatchewan on Aug. 11 ... Injured Eskimos stars Ed Hervey and Davis Sanchez are doubtful for tomorrow's game.


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