No Bush leaguer

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

The free agent from Saskatchewan has proven to be a ball hawk in the past. And indications are that defensive back Davin Bush will continue those ways as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber.

Bush picked off a Rocky Butler pass and raced 47 yards to set up Winnipeg's only touchdown in the 24-20 loss to the Tiger-Cats in a CFL exhibition game in Hamilton on Friday.

"I just kind of read the quarterback and read the receiver and I just broke on it, and it was a good break for me," said the import defensive back who led the Roughriders with five snares last season.

And it was a true indication of the way Bush played Friday, following a spotty outing in Winnipeg's first pre-season contest.

"I thought I played pretty good but you always think you can go out and get better," said Bush, who played both inside half and cornerback in the match.

"There are some things that I can get better at and that's what I'm going to do next week."

Bush, however, suffered an ankle injury and is doubtful to play when the Bombers open the regular season against the Eskimos in Edmonton on Thursday.

WAKE-UP CALL: Although the official stats gave Bomber defensive end Tom Canada credit for only one quarterback sack, it sure looked like he had two of them.

"(But) I didn't play the run so well," Canada readily admitted after the game. "The first half, they were doing some things I had never seen before and they definitely run weak side. So, I wasn't that happy with my run performance. But it's always nice to get sacks."

Hamilton tailback Jesse Lumsden rushed for 44 yards on only seven carries (a 6.3-yard average) in the first half.

"I wasn't quite as wide awake as I should have been at first," Canada conceded sheepishly.

IMPRESSIVE ROOKIES: Rookie Cam Hall made a case for himself at strong-side linebacker in Hamilton.

"I felt like I played pretty solidly," said Hall, who had two defensive tackles. "I ran around and tried to hit some people and was in good position for everything coming to the strong side."

It was the second CFL pre-season outing for the 6-foot-1, 227-pound Boise State product.

"Last game, I didn't have a lot of action on my side. But this game, there was a little more and I at least had a chance to run around and try to make something happen."

Weak-side linebacker Corey Jenkins was no slouch, either, as he led the Bombers with six defensive tackles and one special teams tackle.

HASHMARKS: Although OL Alexandre Gauthier is expected to practise this afternoon (3-5:30 p.m.), neither Obby Khan (illness) nor Matt O'Meara (concussion) are expected to play Thursday ... WR Arjei Franklin (ankle) is also doubtful to play Thursday ... With the poor showing of QB Justin Holland, Ryan Dinwiddie has been elevated to No. 2 QB ... New QB Kliff Kingsbury should be at today's practice but will need at least two week's prep before getting into a game, Berry said.


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