Fightin' fab five

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

The former Igloo-dweller has not been handed the job as the new leader of the Blue pack on a silver platter. But Stefan LeFors will either have to fall on his face or one of the other quarterback hopefuls will have to knock the coaches' socks off to grab the No. 1 slot away from him.

New Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly felt LeFors was ready to take the next step when the local CFL club acquired the backup from the Edmonton Eskimos last winter. But, while it may be the inexperienced pivot's job to lose right now, LeFors does not look at it that way.

"I'm looking at it as a job to win," the 6-foot, 203-pound Louisville product said after his first practice at rookie camp yesterday. "I just want to go in here and compete, play my best and hopefully, that's good enough to be the guy, play hard and have fun."

LeFors knows he will have to fight off some pretty talented, if unproven competition. Both Ryan Dinwiddie and Bryan Randall have played CFL games for the Bombers before while both James Kilian and Darrell Hackney have spent some time in the NFL.

Dinwiddie, you may recall, started for Winnipeg in the 2007 Grey Cup game. But he must now prove himself to a new regime.

"It's a new start, new blood and all those things," said the 6-foot-1, 203-pound Boise State product. "But I'm excited for a fresh start and I'm excited to be back. This is the place I started my career and I want to do some good things and finish it. And we want to bring a new attitude to Winnipeg. We want to bring a hard-work ethic. We kind of lacked that the last few years."

And he wants to lead that charge.

"I want to be the guy here and that's what I'm working on and focusing and trying to get better," said Dinwiddie, 28.

Kilian, 28, impressed with both his arm strength and accuracy his first time on a CFL field.

"It's different," said the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Tulsa product. "I've got a chance to see how much bigger it is than the American field. It was nice to see. It was finally nice to get out on it and operate on it with all of our receivers ... I actually liked it. I enjoyed it."

Kilian is also realistic about his chances to be No. 1 here.

"We have some guys here who have CFL experience already," he said. "Unfortunately, I don't have any experience playing the game. But it's still football so the thing I have to do is just worry about myself and control what I can control and let the chips fall where they may."

Although Hackney has a gun for an arm, the 6-foot Birmingham product needs to trim fat off his 235-pound frame, Kelly said.

"I'm just excited to be here," said Hackney, 25. "It's a lot different than the NFL ... I've seen it (CFL) on TV before but it was my first time on the field. I've got a strong arm so it doesn't affect my arm the field being so wide and so long ... I'm just going to take it one day at a time and hopefully, I can make some noise starting the first game of the season. If I'm in there, I'm in there. If not, it's a learning experience."

Like Dinwiddie, Randall is excited about the changes.

"Going from one year to next, I felt I've grown and I get a chance to be a part of CFL games last year and I'm looking forward to the experience of this camp," said the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Virginia Tech product. "As long as I perform the best I can, it's in the hands of the coaches."

Those coaches are watching carefully.

"All of them had inconsistencies in their throws (yesterday)," Kelly said. "But there were some rays of hope with all of them and I'm excited to continue to work with these guys."


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