Kicking carousel goes round and round

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are about to fire up the kicking merry-go-round again.

The Blue and Gold will bring former Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna to camp tomorrow for a workout, GM Brendan Taman confirmed yesterday.

Serna was a standout field-goal kicker for the Beavers, winning the Lou Groza Award as the top NCAA placekicker in 2005, but punting wasn't his specialty. In fact, he ranked last among the 119 starting punters in NCAA Division I last fall, according to the Portland Tribune.

It was, however, Serna's one and only season doing the job.

The Bombers are already airlifting kickers into camp because 17-year veteran Troy Westwood, along with rookies Brian Monroe and Darryl Wheeler, haven't exactly lit the world on fire through the first four days of training camp.

NEW BLOOD: The Bombers also signed receiver-returner Casey McGahee yesterday.

McGahee, who isn't related to star NFL tailback Willis McGahee, was spotted by head coach Doug Berry at Winnipeg's free agent camp in Tampa several weeks ago.

He can also play defensive back, having spent his first two seasons at the position with Florida Atlantic University.

BOMBER BITS: Receiver Abe Morlu and cornerback Josh Lay have been removed from the camp roster ... Defensive tackle Matt Kudu suffered what is believed to be a serious ankle injury yesterday. Since fellow defensive tackle Jon Oosterhuis is out for a couple weeks with a calf problem, Taman will have another defensive tackle in camp soon ... Other players hobbled and watching practice yesterday were defensive backs Jovon Johnson and Willie Tagoa'i.

AROUND THE CFL: Free agent receiver Jason Armstead signed with the Montreal Alouettes yesterday ... Running back Tyler Ebell, who was expected to be the Toronto Argos starting tailback this season, suffered a leg injury yesterday and had to be carted off the field ... Former Bombers defensive back Chijioke Onyenegecha has resurfaced with the Calgary Stampeders.


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