Glenn 'outstanding'

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

The club's designated starter stood tall in a controlled scrimmage in drizzling rain before about 500 fans at Canad Inns Stadium yesterday.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn looked sharp as he competed five of seven passes, including a 30-yard toss to receiver Keith Stokes.

"Kevin was outstanding right from the get-go and he set the bar for the other quarterbacks," assessed head coach Jim Daley. "And they came in and reached for it. All four quarterbacks played well."

Each one was given 10 plays.

'Always a good weapon'

"It was great to get out," said Glenn. "I felt comfortable with the play-calling and the plays we put in. We've had two-a-days for seven days so far and we've got a good grasp of what we're doing. We've just got to keep executing better.

"Offensively and defensively, I saw a lot of stuff while I was out on the sidelines watching. When you come out here and go through the scrimmage, it's only going to help you."

Only one touchdown was scored in the 40 plays when Russ Michna recognized a blitz and completed a long bomb to Stokes, who beat safety Shawn Gallant.

"Keith's always a good weapon to have on offence," Glenn said. "If you get it into his hands, he can make something happen."

And indications are that Stokes will be more involved in the offence this season.

"That's what it seems like right now," Stokes said. "But if not, oh well. If they just want me to return (kicks), then that's what I'm going to do -- whatever it takes for us to go to the Grey Cup."

But he has already impressed Daley.

"Everybody would have seen the big touchdown he scored," he said. "But he's caught the ball all week. He runs really good routes and he does get open, and he has outstanding hands."

Both Spergon Wynn and Tee Martin also completed five of seven passes while Michna was four for five -- which may say something about the pass defence.

Linebacker Sean Woodson typified the defence with the way he flew around and stuck opposing players whenever he could.

"It felt good, man, to get out there and pick the tempo up a little bit," said Woodson, who sat out the 2004 CFL season after a contract dispute with Hamilton. "That year off gave me a year to keep my legs young and give me another year in the league. I feel good out there. I didn't have as much rust as people may have thought. I feel good, I'm ready to go."

So is Daley.

"It (scrimmage) helped us get ready for Friday night (when the Bombers play an exhibition game in Edmonton) because we've come closer to collision speed and closer to game execution," he said. "So, we accomplished what we wanted."

The players also thanked the crowd for its support. "The weather was bad but we still had a lot of fans come out and I think we did all right," Glenn said.

"It was impressive," Daley added. "The players saw it, the coaches saw it and the guest coaches were stunned by it.

"By the noise they created, they seemed to enjoy the play and that was great to see."

Tailback Charles Roberts, slotback Milt Stegall and defensive linemen Doug Brown and Joe Fleming were "healthy scratches" as Daley already knows what they can do.


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