Irvin gets a kick out of assignment

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Ottawa native Mark Irvin will get another shot at kicking for the Renegades.

The 27-year-old rookie will handle the placekicking duties and, perhaps, some situational kickoffs tomorrow in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats while Matt Kellett continues to recover from a groin injury.

"As long as they tell me to come back to kick I'm happy," said Irvin, an Orleans resident who kicked a 31-yard field goal in his only attempt during last Friday's 21-16 win over Saskatchewan in Regina.

"The week's been okay and I've been hitting the ball well. I felt I got better this week than I was last week. I feel more comfortable and a little more confident."

Irvin kicked at Ivor Wynne Stadium during free-agent camps last year and earlier this year.

In addition to the field-goal attempt last week, Irvin made two converts and kicked off three times.

At yesterday's practice, Kellett felt okay when he kicked the ball through the uprights from 40 yards away into the wind, but he still felt the groin wasn't 100%.

"You don't want to go in, now that it's finally healthy, and risk setting yourself back again," he said.

That's why coach Joe Paopao decided to go with Irvin.

"There's 11 games to do," said Paopao. "This game is big, but there's 11 other big ones.

"I'm confident in Mark," he added. "He's had a good week in practice ... it's nice to know Matt's starting to kick, but he's not 100%."

For Kellett, one good thing about the groin injury is that it's taken the focus off the double vision problems that plagued him during training camp and earlier in the season.

"I was saying to my wife the other day that I wish my eyes would go kooky because I'd trade the eyes for the groin," he said. "At least when my eyes were screwed, I was on the field playing."

ARMED AND READY?: Receiver-kick returner Jason Armstead thinks the Renegades offence owes the defence a favour after the defenders were the main reason the team escaped with the victory in Regina. "They've been playing solid all year, and we owe it to them to keep them off the field and give them as much of a break as possible," he said. Known as a big-play guy, Armstead hasn't scored a touchdown since the opening game of the season when he scored twice in Edmonton. "I'm due and it's time," he said. For the second day in a row, Armstead missed part of practice because of a slight groin pull, but he said "I'm okay and I'm ready to play."

GRID BITS: The only roster change from last week has receiver David Azzi taking the spot of DB Donnie Ruiz. Azzi, who hurt a knee at training camp, will play for the first time this season ... Like last week in Regina, Ottawa will again start two imports on the offensive line, Freddie Moore and Morris Unutoa ... The Renegades will play their Week 14 game in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 28, a day earlier than originally scheduled because additional time is needed to convert the Rogers Centre back from football mode to baseball.


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