Malveaux aims to deliver punishing blows

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

The last time Kelly Malveaux played safety, Bill Clinton was the U.S. president, the Internet had just exploded on to the scene, and Dave Dickenson was a little-known backup quarterback.

Malveaux played safety for the Amsterdam Admirals in the spring of 1998 after the NFL's San Francisco 49ers allocated him to NFL Europe.

The 31-year-old halfback has played a few positions in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence over the last three seasons, but he's suiting up at safety tonight for the first time.

"I had to knock off some of the rust this week," Malveaux said, "but I think with my range and things like that it should help me.

"... (Hamilton) has some good backs and shifty backs, so it's going to be more about just making open-field tackles instead of delivering that punishing blow. But a receiver coming across the middle, he needs to pay the price."

Winnipeg's safety spot has been a carousel for more than half a decade, and Malveaux will be the third person to man the position this season. Jason Nugent played there the first six games, Ian Logan took over last week, and now it's Malveaux's turn.

"I've played several positions in this defence now, and I take it as a compliment," he said.

That switch means Jovon Johnson will move into Malveaux's halfback spot and Stanford Samuels will start in Johnson's cornerback position.

The Bombers are able to go with an all-American secondary because they are starting two Canadian receivers -- Arjei Franklin and Jamie Stoddard -- instead of only Franklin.

MILT BACK: Veteran slotback Milt Stegall returns tonight after missing the last game with a sore knee, and he is expected to give the offence a much-needed spark.

"I don't think it's all on Milt Stegall," he said. "Hopefully, my leadership and the fact that I'm on the field will be an inspiration to somebody. I just hope that I can go out there and help physically if I'm called upon. I'll do whatever it takes to help this team win."

Despite only dressing for his second game of the season, Stegall does not regret returning this season.

"It's the greatest job in the world," he said. "That's why you have guys keep coming back -- Brett Favre disease. You can't duplicate this."

LATE HITS: The Bombers are making four roster changes. Slotback Milt Stegall, linebacker Anthony Maggiacomo, new kick returner Jason Armstead and centre Dominic Picard are in. One player coming out is offensive lineman Obby Khan, who is still feeling the effects of having his large intestine removed in January ... The Ticats have been forced to remove dangerous running back-returner Tre Smith from the lineup tonight because of ratio issues. Former Bomber Chad Rempel will make his Ticats debut tonight ... If the Bombers win tonight, every fan gets a Whopper with a ticket stub ... As of 4:30 p.m. yesterday, the Bombers had sold 23,010 tickets for tonight's game. That's a lot of Whoppers.


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