Bucking stereotype

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

He spent most of Winnipeg's training camp battling for the starting safety spot.

But when the 2007 CFL season started, Ian Logan was asked to play positions in the Blue Bomber secondary usually reserved for imports. The non-import has seen action at both cornerback and inside half as Kyries Hebert, an import, returned to safety after spending most of the pre-season at weak-side linebacker.

And with the secondary decimated by injuries, it looks like Logan will start at corner when the Edmonton Eskimos come to town Friday.

"It is rare," the Waterloo, Ont., native conceded yesterday. "Sometimes, there is a bit of stereotype there that Canadians can't play in the secondary. Hopefully, I'll be able to show that that shouldn't be the case.

"I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity because I know how rare it is."

Rare, maybe, but not impossible. Davis Sanchez, a non-import, plays corner in Montreal while Winnipeg native Wayne Shaw has played corner in Hamilton.

But what is even rarer is employing a Canuck at inside halfback, although Logan does not start there.

"It's (multiple positions) something I wasn't really expecting," said the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Wilfrid Laurier product. "But last year, I played mainly corner in practice and if anyone went down in a game, I would go in at corner.

"I mean, I'm comfortable. I was a (defensive) halfback in college for five years. I'm used to covering and free safety was actually more of a challenge learning how to play."

Bomber head coach Doug Berry certainly seems pleased with what Logan has give the club thus far.

"I've always liked Ian," Berry said. "He runs very well, is a smart guy and, up to this point, he's been fitting in. And we were asking him to play two different positions up until a week or two ago. He's locking down a little bit better now at a corner position. The more he plays it, the more familiar he'll get with how people are trying to potentially attack to the wide-field corner."

Logan, 24, has recorded seven defensive tackles and a pass knockdown thus far. And has yet to be burned for any long bombs.

"He is really fast so, when you make a mistake, he has the potential speed to catch up and try to correct it," said Berry, who pointed out two big plays Logan made in last week's victory over Montreal.

First, Logan nailed Alouettes quarterback Marcus Brady as he was scrambling toward the end zone inside the Bomber 10.

"That was a great play," Berry said. "That showed his acceleration to the ball. And he made a touchdown-saving tackle."

"I was actually playing safety on that particular play and I saw the QB rolling out," Logan said. "It looked like everyone was covered so, I just came down and gave him a shot."

And he almost saved another TD.

"Another play that may have gone unnoticed was when he met (Montreal running back Robert) Edwards on the goalline and stood him up himself," Berry said.

"Rob twisted and turned and finally got in but that was Logan on the first hit."

Edwards, by the way, is 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds -- two inches taller and 33 pounds heavier than Logan.


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