Kenora kid gets call to O-line

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Watch out for the traffic coming in from Kenora tomorrow afternoon.

Kyle Koch, the Northern Ontario town's favourite son, will be thrown to the Lions tomorrow night and they will be racing in to cheer him on. The rookie will make his first CFL debut when the Blue Bombers play B.C. at Canad Inns Stadium.

"I'm just trying to keep a level head and get ready to play," Koch, 22, said yesterday. "I'm sure I'll be a little nervous but once I'm out there, I'll be fine."

The 6-foot-2, 321-pound McMaster product will replace Winnipeg veteran Matt Sheridan (ankle) at left guard while Dominic Picard will take over from veteran centre Obby Khan (knee). Khan, in fact, will undergo arhroscopic surgery and will be out for at least two weeks.

So, Koch will be scrambling to find extra tickets.

"Yeah, I might need a few because of family from back home," said the two-time CIS All-Canadian.

"Kyle will be the next guy in with Sheridan not being able to go this week," confirmed Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "So, losing two guys with tremendous versatility of being able to play centre, guard and tackle, we have to go to somebody who's restricted a little bit. But Kyle is a guard and we think he'll hold up real well in there."

Both Koch and Picard will be tested by talented B.C. tackles Tyrone Williams and Aaron Hunt.

"It should be fun," Koch said.

"Picard has been there for most of the season so that's one guy that we'll be able to count on," Berry said. "Kyle Koch held up pretty well in the pre-season and has now been with us another 14 weeks or so, learning what we do and how we do it. I am very comfortable that he's going to go in there knowing exactly what to do, and he's a physical football player."

Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn also has faith in both O-linemen.

"It's not like they're just off the street.," he said. "We're in Week 14 so, they've been going through practice and they've been going against a good defensive line in our guys. So, I look for those guys to do a good job."

Yet, the Bombers will dress two backups, one


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