New Blue kicker feels rust

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

You know that awkward feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when an actor in the live play you're watching forgets his lines?

Or how about when a television news anchor throws to a story but there is no story and she stares uncomfortably into the camera for 15 seconds?

Well, that's kind of what it felt like watching Travis Dorsch punt during yesterday's Bomber practice at Canad Inns Stadium.

The Bozeman, Mont., native, who was brought in to challenge Alexis Serna, had a rough go of it in his first official practice with the club, shanking more kicks than he boomed during punt team drills.

When Dorsch did make contact, the balls had some serious hang times and travelled long distances. It just didn't happen on a consistent basis. Not even close.

If Dorsch can figure it out, however, he could still replace Serna and suit up on Sunday in Montreal against the Alouettes.

"It's something where he's going to have to get comfortable in a hurry in order for us to give him consideration," head coach Doug Berry said.

"The leg is strong enough and all of that. We've seen that. It's a matter of getting into practice mode again."

Dorsch, 29, hasn't punted in a game since the 2006 NFL Europe season, more than two and a half years ago. He hasn't kicked field goals since his final year at Purdue, which was seven years ago.

"There's some rust to shake off, for sure," Dorsch said. "When you're sitting on your couch and going to grad school and then you get the phone call to come up here and kick, you gotta change your mindset real quick.

"... Punting's a matter of three-dimensional things all kind of fitting together. I gotta get back in the groove. I was in that groove on Monday when I worked out with the coaches, and I know I'll get back there. It's just you put the pads on, you get 12 guys rushing at you ... things are different."

Dorsch actually placekicked better than he punted yesterday, but Serna still made more of his field-goal attempts.

MAKIN' MOVES: It appears the Bombers will make at least three roster changes for Sunday's game.

Willie Amos was at one cornerback spot yesterday in place of the struggling Robert Bean, Kelly Malveaux was at halfback since Anthony Malbrough (hamstring) won't play, and Ike Charlton was back at linebacker after missing six games with a groin pull. Malveaux had been playing in Charlton's spot.

Running back Fred Reid (ribs) and receiver Terrence Edwards (foot) both watched yesterday's workout. Berry said Edwards will play on Sunday, while Reid's status remains questionable.

Receiver Derick Armstrong, who sat out last week's loss to Calgary to nurse a knee injury, will play against the Als.

Offensive lineman Ryan Donnelly (shoulder) missed the Calgary game as well but "felt a lot better" during practice yesterday, according to Berry.

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