There was a sparkle in Kelly Malveaux's eye when he was asked if he wanted to continue playing safety for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
"I wouldn't mind it," Malveaux said. "I enjoy it. It was good."
Malveaux played the position for the first time in his CFL career last Thursday night in Winnipeg's 37-24 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and, for the most part, didn't disappoint.
The Bombers secondary allowed only 204 passing yards to Ticats quarterback Richie Williams and didn't surrender a passing touchdown for only the second time this season.
"I was trying to pattern myself after (B.C. Lions safety) Barron Miles," Malveaux said. "I learned a lot from him when we were in Montreal together and just seeing his play.
"He's such a student of the game, and I like to think of myself as being a student of the game as well."
Malveaux missed two tackles on Hamilton's opening drive, but he calmed down after that and was largely unnoticeable for the rest of the contest, which is a good thing.
Unfortunately for Malveaux, he will likely be going back to his natural halfback position, due to ratio issues, for the Labour Day Classic in Regina on Aug. 31.
Slotback Terrence Edwards will return to the lineup, forcing the Bombers to likely go with a Canadian at safety.
STEGALL WATCH: Slowly but surely, slotback Milt Stegall is getting closer to becoming the CFL's all-time receiving yards leader.
He needs 112 yards to move past Allen Pitts, but his status is going to be continually up in the air, perhaps for the rest of the season, due to pain in his surgically repaired knee.
"It's week-to-week," Stegall said. "We'll have to see what happens."
Fellow receiver Romby Bryant, who is Stegall's locker-room neighbour, joked that the 38-year-old should pull a Plaxico Burress. The New York Giants receiver played games but hardly practised at all last season due to an ankle injury.
Stegall, who is staying in Winnipeg during the bye week to get treatment on his knee, didn't practise last week but suited up against the Ticats and made three catches for 47 yards.
"It worked all right for him," Stegall said of Burress, who caught the game-winning touchdown in his team's Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.
COOL HAND LUC: Bombers rookie Pierre-Luc Labbe drew the ire of head coach Doug Berry after his unnecessary roughness penalty in the second quarter allowed the Ticats to extend a drive that ended in a touchdown.
Labbe smacked Williams as he ran out of bounds after getting six yards on second-and-10. Williams had barely stepped out, but it was still a penalty.
"It was a bad play of myself," Labbe said. "I thought he was in bounds. So next time I just need to be smarter and make sure he's out of bounds without tackling him.
"It's a rookie mistake, and I will learn from that and try to not repeat that kind of mistake."
Labbe was Winnipeg's fourth linebacker in passing situations against Hamilton and didn't look out of place. It was the most action he's had all year.
"It was incredible," the 24-year-old from Sherbrooke University said. "It's my first win. I was not dressed for the Calgary game. I was injured, so it was nice to win."