Westwood Blue's post-er boy

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:59 AM ET

It seems as if Troy Westwood has hit more posts this season than Wayne Gretzky did during his NHL career.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers placekicker has clanged three field goal attempts off the uprights. He even hit the posts twice during practice yesterday.

'ACTUALLY AIM AT A POST'

"I hit 'em all the time," Westwood said. "When I miss I usually miss by a little bit like that when I'm off. I hit them often. If I'm playing the wind I'll actually aim at a post.

"It's just a phase. I don't expect to miss any more, and I don't expect to hit any more posts."

Even head coach Doug Berry has noticed Westwood's penchant for post-hitting.

"I challenged him in practice this week to hit the post," Berry cracked yesterday. "That's part of my harassment to him. I say, 'Hit the post, Troy.' "

Westwood has connected on only 23 of 32 attempts this season, which works out to a league-low success rate of 71.9%.

"I don't look at all those stats," Berry said, "but I do know that there's been opportunities for him to be better and we haven't capitalized on all of them."

IT'S A START: Bombers OL Marc Parenteau will make his first start of the season tomorrow against the Alouettes.

Parenteau will play left guard on an O-line that will feature three imports in Jermese Jones, Garrick Jones and Eric Wilson.

"I've been waiting all year long to get a chance to play. Here it is. I better make the most of it," Parenteau said.

It will be just the third career start for the 25-year-old Sherbrooke, Que., native, but the importance of tomorrow's tilt doesn't scare him.

"I welcome the challenge," he said. "I've been here since May 20, since camp opened up, and I know the offence just as well as they would want me to know it."

LATE HITS: The Bombers are making at least three roster changes for tomorrow's game. Going onto the roster are OL Jermese Jones, LB Donnavan Carter and WR Derick Armstrong. Coming off are OL Val St. Germain (elbow), WR Chris Brazzell (ankle) and LB Ron Ockimey. GM Brendan Taman said last night there still could be more roster moves ... It appears the Bombers will use several looks on defence tomorrow to meet the ratio requirements. Some of those formations include the use of S Shawn Gallant, DT Cam Legault and LB Neil McKinlay ... Some Bomber fans are worried about the effectiveness of QB Kevin Glenn, but Berry still has confidence in his pivot. "I haven't seen him plateau," Berry said, "so I know that there's still more that he can do."


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