Glenn set to deliver goods

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Milt Stegall casts a very big shadow.

So big that it practically covers all of Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback Kevin Glenn.

But maybe that is a good thing for Glenn.

With Stegall chasing CFL history tonight at Commonwealth Stadium, the pivot is managing to fly under the radar.

However, that doesn't change the actual bottom line with this Bomber club: Glenn is going to have to produce if Winnipeg is going to live up to some of the predictions of being in the Grey Cup game.

Often criticized in the past, head coach Doug Berry sees Glenn improving as Winnipeg battles Edmonton to open the regular season this evening.

"He has learned some things on ball security," said Berry.

"His reads have been really good and quick - and usually a high percentage of the time goes to the right place with the ball."

Last year wasn't a banner year for Glenn. Of the top 10 pivots in the league, the 28-year-old ranked eighth in completion percentage.

Using a basketball analogy, Berry just wants Glenn to be a point guard this year.

"Choreograph (the offence) and don't be the superstar," Berry explained.

In other words, don't cost the Bombers a game.

For his part, Glenn is feeling more comfortable in the offence. But knows there is more work to be done.

"You are always learning something," said the veteran of 96 CFL games.

With unknowns Ryan Dinwiddie and Justin Holland behind Glenn on the depth chart, the pressure is clearly on Glenn's shoulders to produce.

HURT PARADE: Under the category of potentially bad news for Glenn tonight, the Bombers start the season with an offensive line that hasn't played together this year.

On top of that, regular centre Obby Khan is out of the lineup, meaning Dominic Picard has to step into the most critical spot on the line.

SCHEDULE SCRAMBLE: Pardon the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' coaches if they look exhausted on the sidelines tonight.

After playing their final pre-season game in Hamilton last Friday, the Bombers had to cut down their squad by Saturday night, quickly prepare for Edmonton and then travel here yesterday.

"It has been a really hectic week," said Berry. "Coaches are putting in more hours now than in training camp trying to get ready for this game."

SHORT HIT: Jason Nugent is finally going to play his first game inside Commonwealth Stadium tonight.

After spending almost all of last year on the Edmonton Eskimos' injured list, recovering from an ACL injury, the former second-round draft pick is now a Bomber.

"This brings back bad memories when I was hurt," said Nugent yesterday, looking around Edmonton's practice field next to the Stadium.

A backup safety at the moment, Nugent is playing on all special teams.

Best of all, the ACL is all healed.

FINISH LINES: There are dedicated fans - and then there is Robert Starr.

Not only did the Bomber fanatic drive from Winnipeg for tonight's game, he hung out with Winnipeg players at practice yesterday.

Starr even brought his small dog to practice, complete with a Bomber leash and kerchief around his neck.


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