Kicker not worried about filling Westwood's shoes

JIM BENDER and KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Alexis Serna is well aware of the man he is replacing, and he's not worried about it one bit.

The 23-year-old from Los Angeles will make his Winnipeg Blue Bomber debut tonight as the placekicker and punter. He is taking over for Troy Westwood, who kicked field goals in Winnipeg for 17 years but was released two weeks ago.

"He's definitely a legend," Serna said. "It's always tough to try to fill someone's shoes like that, but you gotta also remember you're not trying to fill his shoes.

"You're just trying to do your own type of thing and be your own person. That's exactly what I'm going to do."

Serna also has to punt tonight because Duncan O'Mahony has a broken toe. Just because he's 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, don't expect him to avoid the physical aspect of the game.

"I don't mind that at all," Serna said. "I was a pretty aggressive soccer player when I played, so I don't mind contact. If you watch some of my kickoff films, I ran down there and I hit a few guys and made a few tackles."

WITT TRIBUTE: The Bombers will hold a video tribute for former Don Wittman, arguably the best CFL play-by-play TV announcer of all time, prior to tonight's kickoff.

His widow, Judy Wittman, will be there with a couple of their children and a grandchild. Brian Williams will emcee the tribute to the man who lost a battle to cancer earlier this year.

HAIL BISONS: The CIS champion University of Manitoba Bisons will pose for pictures with the Vanier Cup in one end zone before the game and will be honoured at halftime.

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon will also take in tonight's match.

TAKING A BREAK: CFL Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Bob (Knuckles) Irving will miss tonight's game due to health issues but is expected to be back in the CJOB saddle next week.

Geoff Currier will handle the play-by-play tonight.


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