'Pretty guy' gets nod

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Milt Stegall would have been happy to see quarterback Kevin Glenn receive CFL offensive player of the week honours.

But instead it was The Turtle Man who got the nod when the league handed out its weekly awards yesterday afternoon and Stegall was offering an interesting explanation when queried by a group of reporters.

"Like I always say, and I'm not conceited, but they gave it to me because I'm the pretty guy and they know the camera is going to be on the pretty guy," said Stegall, who hauled in 10 passes for 254 yards last week in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. "They don't want the camera on Kevin. Look at the guy. Kevin could have won it, with the game he had and the adversity he overcame."

LEADS THE CFL

Stegall was even quicker with a response when asked what he might do for an encore this week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"We're going to try to win, that's all we need to do," said Stegall, who leads the CFL in receiving yards with 694 and has developed some nice chemistry with Glenn. "It comes with time. I always tell him, the chemistry between Khari (Jones) and I didn't come overnight. It came from getting used to each other. Kevin and I are starting to develop that relationship and you can see it on the field. A lot of times, nobody knows what we're doing. Our own teammates don't know what we're doing. We can communicate without communicating sometimes. All the great one's have it. (Darren) Flutie and (Danny) McManus in Hamilton, (Allen) Pitts and (Doug) Flutie in Calgary. We're not where we'd like to be but we're definitely making some strides."

Offensive lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek and defensive tackle Ron Warner were finalists for CFL lineman of the week.

CHILDS' PLAY: After a non-descript regular season debut, Henri Childs will be back in the Blue Bombers lineup this week against the Tiger-Cats.

Childs nearly had his first CFL touchdown on Winnipeg's onside fake field goal attempt against the Edmonton Eskimos last week but he was unable to scoop up the ball.

"I've never experienced anything like that (play), it was a good plan though," said Childs, who had two catches for 29 yards. "It was a good designed play and obviously I missed the ball on the ground. I wasn't surprised because the coach said we were going to run it. I should have knocked the ball out of bounds, it was a mistake on my part.

"It felt good to get out there and run around a little bit. Right now I feel more confident than I did last week because I got a game under my belt.

Childs turned heads in his pre-season debut by scampering for 82 yards against the Montreal Alouettes, but hadn't seen any action since after suffering a knee injury.

"He could have done better and he knows it," said Berry. "Henri is a hard worker and a multi-talented guy. We're trying to keep him involved in the running game and the passing game and we spread him thin. "This week we're having him focus on the passing game, since he is going to be our fifth receiver. Hopefully, his performance will be indicative of the concentration that we're offering him to stay focused on the receiving part of the game."

CH-CH-CHANGES: With cornerback Omar Evans, defensive back Gabriel Fulbright, defensive lineman Cameron Legault and linebacker Neil McKinlay all returning to action, head coach Doug Berry confirmed that linebacker Ike Charlton (ribs), safety Ian Logan, linebacker Stevie Baggs and offensive lineman Dominic Picard will come off the roster.


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