Samuels impresses

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

The player wearing No. 16, delivering bone-crunching hits and knocking down passes on Friday night was Stanford Samuels.

Just in case you had forgotten who he was.

The Miami native has been back with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for a couple months now, but he basically went unnoticed in his only two appearances prior to Friday's tilt in Toronto.

He made plenty of noise in the 39-9 win over the Argos by recording three tackles, getting in the way of some passes and laying out a couple of receivers with vicious hits.

Samuels, who spent the 2007 season in Edmonton, was asked when he last had a game like Friday's. The smile on his face said it all.

"When's the last time I had a game, period? That's what it feels like," he said. "It felt good. It was hot in there. It felt like Miami, so you got a Miami-like performance."

Head coach Doug Berry was suitably impressed.

"Everybody could notice that Stanford Samuels' presence was big," he said. "Our secondary hit with force and played outstanding."

And here's a stat Samuels can take to the coaches this week: The Bombers are 2-0 this season when he starts at cornerback.

SPOOKY: Bombers slotback Milt Stegall has had three 100-yard receiving games in which he's caught fewer than three passes.

One such instance was Friday night against the Argos, when he hauled in two passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

The last time Stegall covered so much ground with so few catches? Exactly 11 years before Friday night's record-breaking performance. It was Sept. 12, 1997, when Stegall caught one pass for a 105-yard touchdown in a 29-28 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

The third such scenario occurred earlier in the 1997 season, when he had two catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-22 loss to Calgary.

RECORD SETTER: University of Windsor Lancers running back Daryl Stephenson, whom the Bombers plucked in the third round of April's draft, broke the CIS career rushing record on Saturday.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound London, Ont., native had 115 yards in a 34-8 loss to Guelph and moved past former Manitoba Bison tailback Dominic Zagari.

Stephenson has 4,740 yards in 33 career games, while Zagari racked up 4,738 yards in 37 games for the Bisons between 1991 and 1995.

Stephenson, the 2006 Hec Crighton Trophy winner, was released by the Bombers at the end of training camp but remains Winnipeg's property.

LATE HITS: Bombers GM Brendan Taman reported yesterday that right guard Kyle Koch suffered a badly sprained ankle on Friday and will be out indefinitely ... According to Ken Peters of the Hamilton Spectator, it's unlikely running back Jesse Lumsden will play for the Tiger-Cats (2-9) when the Bombers (3-8) visit on Friday. Lumsden suffered another shoulder injury in Saturday's loss to Edmonton ... Former Bomber safety Kyries Hebert had a fumble recovery on special teams yesterday afternoon, but his Cincinnati Bengals fell 24-7 to the Tennessee Titans ... The Bombers resume practising today, and Taman said he "hopefully" will have a couple of new defensive practice roster players on the field.


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