Evans wants to get back to last year's level

JIM BENDER, STAFF REPORTER

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

Omar Evans was the one bright light in a pretty poor secondary last season.

The Winnipeg cornerback led the Blue Bombers with five interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, in 17 games.

This year, Evans has but one pick.

"I want to go back to playing the high level I'd been playing," he said on the eve of tomorrow's Labour Day Classic in Regina versus Saskatchewan. "Just one pick after 10 games ... I need to do my job first, that's the most important thing, then allow the plays to come naturally and allow me to go out and make some big plays. I've got to make some big plays.

"If not, at least come with that emotion that I normally play with. I don't think I've been playing with that fiery emotion, jumping around and being crazy out there. So, that's what I want to do this weekend, man."

Evans will be seeing a familiar face in Jason Armstead, the former Ottawa receiver whom he shut down in games against the Renegades last season and the two were often jawing at each other after plays.

"I'm just going to go out there and do my job," said Evans, who was beaten for a 73-yard touchdown by Toronto's R. Jay Soward last time out. "I'm going to see (Roughrider receiver) Matt Dominguez more than him anyway."

CH-CHANGES: Bomber head coach Doug Berry declared defensive backs Anthony Malbrough (knee) and Kelly Malveaux (groin) and cornerback Stanford Samuels (ankle) ready for battle this weekend. Both Malbrough and Samuels missed the last match with injuries while Malveaux sat out practices earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Aaron Fiacconi will replace injured guard Matt Sheridan (groin) with Marc Parenteau added as a backup.

"I'm pretty comfortable," Fiacconi said. "I thought I played pretty well the games I was in there. I just want to keep the consistency."

Fiacconi, however, has been on and off the starting unit as an injury replacement all season.

"It's been frustrating to a certain extent but I've played quite a bit this year, I can't complain," said the 6-foot-3, 309-pound Mansfield product.

Safety Ian Logan will also return to the lineup, replacing receiver Arjei Franklin and linebacker Adrian Baird may also return at the expense of defensive lineman Cam Legault, said GM Brendan Taman.

THICK FLAK: Just like the hunchback in Young Frankenstein who kept changing his hump from side to side, Milt Stegall will move the thicker side of his flak jacket.

"You remember I broke my ribs in 2002, but it was on the left side, so I had the thick one on that one," said the veteran slotback, who recently suffered cracked ribs on the other side. "Now, the thick one just goes to the (right).

"I'm not nervous about it. If I'm nervous about it, I shouldn't be out there playing. I don't think the possibility of me hurting them is any less or more than before."

NO MUZZLE: Berry was asked his opinion of Troy Westwood's barbs about Saskatchewan fans.

"Nothing to do with me," he responded, smiling. "I'm not going to control Troy. He knows what he's going to say and I guess there wouldn't be a Banjo Bowl without Troy, right?"


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