'Gades get offensive

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

The Renegades promised changes, and they delivered with new faces at yesterday's practice.

Gone are import offensive linemen Reggie Nelson and Fred Moore, while the team welcomed receiver Kenny Smith, defensive lineman Gerald Harris, middle linebacker CJ Mclain and quarterback-receiver Tory Woodbury, who wore a pivot's red jersey yesterday.

The changes on the offensive line came as little surprise, as quarterback Kerry Joseph has been under constant pressure during the club's current six-game losing skid.

"We needed to get better there," said Renegades coach Joe Paopao about the offensive line.

Nelson, a college friend of Joseph's when the two attended McNeese State, suffered an ankle injury during training camp, then hurt the other one early in the season. He never was able to become the answer at left tackle that the Renegades hoped he'd become after going through various players with poor results at the position in 2004.

Paopao offered Moore a spot on the team's practice roster, but he declined and headed home to the States.

The moves leave the Renegades with some more familiar faces on the offensive front.

During yesterday's practice, veteran Mike Sutherland took most of the reps at centre, while George Hudson moved to the line's right side at tackle.

Ibrahim Khan worked at right guard, with Morris Unutoa at left guard and Val St. Germain back on the left edge.

Right tackle Pascal Cheron missed practice with permission, as he stayed at home in Hamilton to tend to a family matter.

Among the newcomers, it's likely that Smith will see action when the Renegades attempt to end a six-game losing skid on Friday at home against Hamilton.

Smith began the season in Calgary and has also played in B.C.

"He has experience and he knows the league," said Paopao. "He already knows our system, and we're glad he's here."

The Renegades worked out Woodbury as a receiver two weeks ago, but the former NFLer with the Jets and Buffalo has returned as a quarterback.

"I liked what I saw," said Paopao of Woodbury who stands at 6-foot-3 and weighed in at 230 lbs.

"I think he's got a natural arm and he looks to have some size."


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