Irvin getting his kicks in Regina

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Mark Irvin will get his chance to put the boot to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Ottawa native and Mount Allison grad will be Ottawa's field goal kicker in tomorrow night's game at Taylor Field, with Matt Kellett still recovering from a groin injury.

"I'll feel the nerves. Every time you move up to the next level, you'll feel the nerves," said the Orleans resident who'll make his CFL debut.

Irvin tried out with the Calgary Stampeders during training camp and stopped in Regina on the way back home to Ottawa for a tryout with the Riders. "I know Taylor Field and at least it will be a familiar setting for me," he said.

Irvin joined the team on Monday and has kicked during practice while Kellett, a Regina native, watched from the sidelines.

"This is the highest comfort level I've had all week," said Irvin. "I'm just getting myself more and more game ready."

'Gades coach/GM Joe Paopao said the team contacted the agent of Sandro Sciortino, who performed the placekicking duties for the team last season, after last week's home game against Edmonton. But Sciortino continues to remain retired from football at his home in Markham after undergoing cancer surgery last year.

Paopao said the team is comfortable with Irvin. Kellett informed Paopao yesterday he wouldn't be able to make kicks in tomorrow's game.

"I'd be a hindrance to the team if I went," he said.

During yesterday's practice, Irvin made all four field goal attempts from 37 yards.

STAR SPANGLED LINE: For the first time in franchise history, the Renegades will start two import players on the offensive line. With the deletion of import Keaton Cromartie from the lineup due to a knee injury and with Canadian Jason Kralt starting in his place, the Renegades had room for a new American on the roster. Fred Moore, that import, will start at right tackle to help an injury-depleted offensive line. The other American on the line is left guard Morris Unutoa. Val St. Germain will be the left tackle (import Reggie Nelson continues to mend an ankle), with George Hudson at centre and Pascal Cheron at right tackle. Samir Chahine, who pondered retirement last week but returned for practices this week, was not activated onto the roster.


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