Glenn ready to play

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

EDMONTON -- You might say a much more relaxed and confident Kevin Glenn knows his limitations.

"All I can do is do what I have control over and that's go out and play," the Winnipeg quarterback said yesterday. "I can't turn water into wine. All I can do is what I have control over and that's go out and play."

He may not be able to turn water into wine, either, but Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry is turning Glenn into a better QB.

"He certainly is more comfortable for the second year," he said on the eve of tonight's CFL season-opener versus the Eskimos here. "And it's not too far away from where he may be involved in calling some of his own offence on the field."

HIGH TIME: Berry, by the way, has a vivid memory of slotback Milt Stegall catching the winning 100-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game to beat the Eskies here last year.

"I just remember being exhausted myself," said Berry, who had raced down the sidelines screaming at Stegall. "If you have faith long enough, I guess things will happen but that went beyond what we ever expected. It was certainly a transition of thinking that we were going to win the game, then having the quarterback (Glenn) fumble and Edmonton scoring the go-ahead points, then find ourselves faced with a penalty on the kickoff and going back at the 10 yard-line with just 10 seconds left. You've gone from the high of the emotions to the low and I didn't know I could get high again, and I guess I did."

RE-STARTING: While a number of former Bombers will suit up for Edmonton tonight, former Eskimo safety Jason Nugent will be lining up against his former teammates.

"It feels really good to be healthy and back," said Nugent, who missed all but one game due to injury last season. "And just being on this field brings back memories ... But it's just a blessing to be on the field right now considering where I came from last season."

PLAYOFF PERSPECTIVE: QB Ricky Ray still blames himself for Edmonton's failure to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in ages last year.

"That was tough," he said. "I had been pretty lucky my first three years up here, playing in the Grey Cup game, playing in the playoffs and just missing the playoffs last year makes you sit back and think about how lucky you are and that it's not a given every year. It was a long off-season but, to be honest, my first off-season was a lot tougher. Whenever you get a chance to win like we did at home that year and we lost in the Grey Cup game, that was tougher than missing the playoffs last year."

HASHMARKS: Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia points out that some have actually predicted that the Bombers will win the Grey Cup this year ... Edmonton RB Ron McLendon (hamstring), DL Brandon Guillory (spine), SB Pat Woodcock (foot), K Warren Kean (quad) and LB A.J. Gass (knee) will be sidelined due to injury ... Bomber super fan Robert Starr actually drove to Edmonton with his dog to take in tonight's contest.


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