Position battle of the day

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

MILT STEGALL

Dynamite. What else did you expect? His one-handed snare of a Kevin Glenn pass yesterday had those in attendance cheering loudly. We're going to go out on a limb here and say the 12-year veteran slotback has a starting spot locked up.

CHRIS BRAZZELL

The coaches have been raving about the 6-foot-2, 202-pound veteran wideout, who steadily gets the job done with his deceptive speed. "We're asking Chris to do some different things, like run in routes and hook routes, and he's done a really good job with that," said receivers coach Bob Dyce.

ANDRAE THURMAN

The wideout led the Green Bay Packers in receiving against the Chicago Bears on Christmas Day, and he's showing off his NFL-type skills on Maroons Road. He's fast, he has great hands, he's smooth as silk, and he can go over the middle. If the season started today, Thurman would be a starting receiver. No doubt about it.

ALBERT JOHNSON III

After tours in the NFL, NFL Europe and a few hospitals for operations on both knees, Johnson is back with a bang. The team's rookie of the year in 2000 has shown blazing speed and sweet hands.

THE REST

The aforementioned quartet would be starting if we were in charge, but the battle for backup roles or possibly even the fifth starting spot would be fierce. Quentin McCord has stepped it up big-time since rookie camp and definitely has the inside track after some dazzling moves yesterday that left defensive backs looking for their shorts. Adrian Madise hasn't been quite as impressive as McCord on the field, but the coaches like his smarts and his ability to work inside. Casey Allen, meanwhile, has been "a little bit of a surprise," according to Dyce. That would be a good thing.


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