All eyes on Stegall

Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Kevin Glenn threw to receiver Milt Stegall more than all the other players...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Kevin Glenn threw to receiver Milt Stegall more than all the other players combined against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (Winnipeg Sun/Brian Donogh)

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

When Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn drops back to pass, there's a good chance that the ball is headed for Milt Stegall.

And why wouldn't it be? Stegall is a sure-fire Hall of Famer who will go down as one of the greatest players in CFL history.

Not only that, but the 36-year-old Ohio native may be playing the best football of his 12-year career. He has never had a better two-game stretch -- 21 catches for 416 yards -- than the one he completed Friday night in Hamilton.

LOOKING FOR STEGALL

At hot and steamy Ivor Wynne Stadium, it looked like Glenn was looking for Stegall as much as he possibly could, and the numbers back that up.

Glenn threw 33 passes during Winnipeg's 29-0 win over the Tiger-Cats, and more than half of them -- 17 -- were intended for Turtle Man.

Stegall tied a career high by catching 11 of those passes for 162 yards.

Glenn said it was more a situation of Stegall being open at the right times.

"I wasn't focusing on him, but in certain situations that's where the open guy is," Glenn said. "Hey, you got some second-and-fives and Milt one-on-one with a guy or they play high off of him, he's a veteran and he knows to sit down in the hole.

"Nothing against the other guys. They do the same thing. It just so happens that that was the way it worked out."

Glenn was intercepted twice on Friday night, and at least one of his wayward tosses was intended for Stegall. That has Bombers head coach Doug Berry a little concerned about Glenn's pass distribution.

"A lot of things that we're doing we've formationed for (Stegall), and we gotta be cautious about that, there's no question," Berry said. "A couple of times I noticed that Hamilton was aware of that and was double covering just towards him and letting everybody else go one on one. We're aware of that.

"When you start giving a guy a ball 10, 12 times a game, things like that are probably going to happen."

Friday night's game, in which Stegall had more passes thrown his way than every other Bomber combined, was an anomaly.

During the other four games in which the statisticians kept track of the quarterback's intended targets, Glenn has spread the ball around quite well (see below).

However, in the two games that the Bombers lost to Montreal, Stegall either wasn't the primary target or the passes were scattered almost evenly.

Maybe that's saying something.


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