Winnipeg product to live dream

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Don Oramasionwu will live out a dream of sorts tomorrow night when he suits up for his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The former Kelvin Clipper will make the trip to Hamilton today and play in the Bombers' pre-season opener tomorrow night against the Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"It's pretty cool," the defensive tackle said yesterday. "I felt a kind of tingly feeling at the beginning of training camp, but I'm pretty much over that now and I know it's just down to business on Thursday."

Oramasionwu, who turned 22 last week, was Winnipeg's fifth-round draft pick in April's CFL draft. He won the Vanier Cup with the Manitoba Bisons last November.

It took some time for Oramasionwu to feel comfortable competing with the big boys, but he's more confident now after 10 days of training camp.

"It was rough at the beginning, getting used to the speed of the game and strength and stuff like that, but it's a lot better now," he said. "I have nothing to lose, so I'm just going to go out there and try my best."

SAMUELS WATCH: Bombers head coach Doug Berry said he has "some" interest in defensive back Stanford Samuels.

Samuels, who played with the Bombers in 2005 and 2006, was cut by the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday.

"He was a decent player," Berry said. "... He performed OK for us while he was here."

With their first pre-season game right around the corner, the Bombers aren't about to make a play for Samuels and will see if they have enough talented defensive backs already. That could change, however, if there are problems in the secondary tomorrow night in Hamilton.

Berry wouldn't be worried about any potential character issues with Samuels.

"Whatever it is," Berry said, "I can deal with it."

LATE HITS: As we reported yesterday, Ryan Dinwiddie will start at quarterback for the Bombers tomorrow night and play into the second half. Bryan Randall will relieve him, and Berry said Cleveland McCoy "hopefully" will get some playing time ... Cornerback Willie Amos, who was removed from the camp roster on May 31, was put back on it yesterday and will play tomorrow night. Defensive tackle Matt Kudu, who has a serious ankle injury, was suspended to make room for Amos ... Defensive back Sam Young suffered a hamstring pull yesterday and will miss tomorrow's game. He joins Matt Sheridan (groin), Jon Oosterhuis (calf), Greg Bearman (leg), Dwayne Slay (leg), Brian Guebert (hamstring), Graeme Bell (hamstring) and Jordan Matechuk (quadriceps) on the injured list.


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