New kicker knocking at door

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

The kicking carousel continues.

Although kicker Alexis Serna just enjoyed his best game as a Blue Bomber, another American kicker was brought to camp for a tryout yesterday.

Travis Dorsch, a 6-foot-6, 222-pound Purdue product who had a cuppa java with several NFL teams, is the latest challenge to become Troy Westwood's replacement.

The Bombers have apparently had their eyes on Dorsch, 29, for quite some time.

"We brought him in (Monday) for an evaluation and we liked what we saw," said Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry. "Travis Dorsch has a huge background. He's been very successful kicker and even a punter. He can do both ... He's certainly a good athlete and has shown that he has a really strong leg."

Serna booted all three field goals he attempted during the loss to Calgary on the weekend -- all from at least 47 yards out.

"It's nice," Serna said after the game. "I've just gotta believe in myself ... I just kept saying little prayers to God every single time. I'm just thankful for my opportunity to be out there, and just took my opportunity and ran with it."

Bombers released Canadian kicker Warren Kean because he was too inconsistent, Berry said.

STEPHENSON BACK: Bombers also welcomed back Canadian draftee Daryl Stephenson. The running back returned to the University of Windsor after declining a practice roster spot at the end of training camp.

"I was really surprised and happy and excited (to get called)," Stephenson said. "It was pretty crazy to go from being out of the playoffs in the OUA to be right back in them in the CFL. I'm excited that they have given me the chance to do this."

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound London, Ont., native is insurance as RB Fred Reid has been nursing sore ribs. Reid, however, was feeling much better yesterday, Berry said.

"We were impressed with him in training camp," Berry said. "It was very important to him to go back to school and further his degree and his accomplishments at the collegiate level. Now that that's over with, we were looking forward to getting him back."

Stephenson, 23, is the all-time leading rusher in the CIS.

"There's still a ton of guys here and when I came back, they gave me a warm welcome," he said. "It feels like I never left, really."

CUP DREAM: Once Winnipeg was assured of hosting the Eastern semifinal, veteran SB Milt Stegall was asked if that gave him hope of finally realizing his Grey Cup dream.

"I'm not thinking that far ahead," he responded. "Thinking about the Grey Cup? We've gotta play next week. I'm thinking about next week. You're asking a lot right now for me to be thinking about Grey Cup dreams. We need to win a game."

HASHMARKS: There is apparently a chance that MLB Barrin Simpson could be activated off the nine-game injured list for Sunday's game ... CB Willie Amos, LB Ike Charlton and OL Ryan Donnelly are also possibilities to return from injury ... If Charlton returns, Kelly Malveaux will revert to DB again ... OL Kyle Koch (knee) practised for the first time in months yesterday.


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