Another kicker walks through revolving door

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

One kicker entered, another left.

The Bombers welcomed import kicker Alexis Serna to Winnipeg training camp yesterday and booted Canadian punter Darryl Wheeler.

Though he played it down, Serna knows he was brought in to challenge veteran Troy Westwood.

"They just said they were going to work me out here and that I was going to compete for the starting job, and that's what I'm doing," said the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Oregon State product.

Serna, 23, had been on the B.C. negotiation list but GM Brendan Taman pounced when the Lions dropped him.

Serna, who played for former Bomber head coach Mike Riley at Oregon State, is known more for his placekicking than punting.

"Our punter quit on the first day of camp last year and I got thrown in there," said Serna. "I felt I could have kicked a better punt (yesterday) but the field goal, I just started getting comfortable in the second practice."

But his punting still needs work.

"He was very accurate considering he had never worked with anybody -- either the snapper or the holder," said head coach Doug Berry. "I was very pleased with him as a kicker. There's still some evaluations to be done with him as a punter. I'm not sure he's there but very strong as a kicker."

PROJECT KYLE: Call him a project that is starting to show progress. Defensive lineman Kyle Sleightholm was converted to an offensive lineman when he arrived at rookie camp and is starting to show promise.

"He's really developing," Berry said. "I wish we could keep him here all year. I don't know if we'll be able to or not. But if we send him back (to school), I think the Kyle we'll get here next year will be hugely advanced from where he is right now."

Sleightholm, 22, has a year of college eligibility left.

"Initially, there was a little trepidation going over (to offence)," admitted the 6-foot-5, 320-pound University of Windsor product. "A little bit of fear of not knowing exactly what to expect. But I feel very comfortable now. The guys have been great, very welcoming and incredibly supportive in terms of learning and helping me get a grasp of the offence."

SELF-DISCIPLINE: While there have been daily reports of brawls at Edmonton's training camp, there's barely been a fight in Bomberville.

"It's something that I promote -- to take care of each other," Berry said. "And it's discipline. If we can discipline ourselves in practice, we have a chance to discipline ourselves during a game."

HASHMARKS: Berry said C Obby Khan may return from surgery to remove his large intestine within 4-5 weeks -- much earlier than expected ... Bombers added DL Richard Clebert, a 6-foot, 309-pound South Florida product, because injuries have thinned the D-line ... Bombers fans can enter the Best Seat in the House contest at the Bomber Store. Four winners will get a chance to sample seats for the proposed new stadium at the Bombers home-opener on June 27.


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