Kicker on Blue radar

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers may still be in the market for a kicker.

Although Bombers director of player personnel John Murphy denied it, reports out of Vancouver are that Murphy offered wide receiver Derick Armstrong to the B.C. Lions as part of a package for Canadian kicker Sean Whyte over the weekend.

Murphy did, however, admit attempting to acquire Whyte last winter.

"I'm going to take it as positive as I can," Whyte told The Province. "If I go to Winnipeg, I'm going to get death threats if I miss a kick? It's the graveyard for kickers.

"This is the spot I want to be in, so just give it another year or so and I'll be there. It's all I can do."

Lions head coach/GM Wally Buono reportedly spurned the offer for the same reason Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly no longer wants the veteran receiver.

The Vancouver Sun also reported that the Bombers declined to surrender draft picks for receiver Cory Rodgers.

STEGALL SCHOLARSHIPS: While in town to be inducted in the Bombers Hall of Fame, Milt Stegall presented a pair of scholarships that bear his name to student athletes yesterday.

University of Manitoba Bisons defenceman Stephane Lenoski received a $2,000 award while Balmoral High hockey player Rachele Bosc got one for $1,000.

"It's always a pleasure and an honour to be in Winnipeg and putting this scholarship in my name is an honour," Stegall said.

Lenoski, 23, is a pre-med student who boasted a 3.94 GPA last year.

"I'm very grateful," he said. "It's truly an honour to get this from Milt, the Province and Sport Manitoba. I was real surprised. I know there were a lot of worthy applicants who could easily have won this. I'm just going to enjoy it and it's going to help me a lot with my schooling."

Bosc, 17, is an honour roll student who plans to enter pre-med at the U of M and who played for two different Manitoba teams at the nationals last year.

"I was very surprised and very honoured because everybody knows who Milt Stegall is and getting the award in his name is such an honour," said the forward. "I'm looking forward to playing with Bisons in the fall and see how far my hockey will take me. It would be great to play for Team Canada but we'll see what happens."

NEW GUY: With Armstrong expected to be sent elsewhere soon, the Bombers welcomed former Hamilton Tiger-Cats WR Scott Mitchell to town.

"I got released by Hamilton three or four days before camp closed," said the 6-foot-3, 222-pound pass catcher. "It was a surprise to me. I thought I would have an opportunity to build on what I did the year before and that opportunity was not presented to me ... I thought I'd get another opportunity just because of having league experience, not so much what I've done in the league."

Mitchell is unlikely to play when Winnipeg plays host to the Calgary Stampeders this Friday.

BROWN OUT: Also doubtful for Friday is DL Doug Brown, who missed practice once again yesterday ... Neither LB Joe Lobendahn or DE Riall Johnson practised either and remain doubtful ... However, both DL Tyrone Williams and DB James Johnson look ready to suit up. If Johnson plays, he could be added to the kick return teams, Kelly said.

STEGALL SPARK: Last night's induction dinner for Stegall could spark the troops this week.

"Something like that always lights a fire when one of your teammates goes in the hall of fame," said LB Barrin Simpson. "It's an accomplishment that everyone wants. That's what I'm fighting for. So, you love to see your teammate reach that pinnacle and that does light a fire under you."


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