Licence to drill

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

This 'Double O' now has a licence to execute blocks, running plays and even catch passes.

In fact, Winnipeg fullback Jon Oosterhuis has looked good since converting from a defensive lineman this year.

Oosterhuis caught a pass for 19 yards during the Blue Bombers' loss in Hamilton last Saturday -- one of only seven passes that quarterback Stefan LeFors completed.

"(Oos) got more catches than I did," exclaimed an incredulous veteran receiver Terrence Edwads, who was held off the stats sheet.

'Totally new'

"Not expected, to say the least," said Oosterhuis, who also caught a pass earlier this season and ran the ball once. "I guess that's my role now. It's not like I'm expecting five, six, seven catches a game but when they call my number, I try to make best things happen.

"It's all totally new to me. It's like I'm a rookie all over again. I'm learning everything as we go. I'm working with the O-line, the receivers, quarterbacks, everybody. So, it's exciting. You get to do a little bit of everything. You get to block, you get to run routes and do all sorts of things."

Oosterhuis, 32, did not wonder if it was the beginning of the end when head coach Mike Kelly asked him to switch.

"It was just another opportunity and it was where I was going to fit in on the team," said Oosterhuis, who trimmed about 40 pounds off his playing weight of around 270. "(Kelly) emphasized the fact that it's a fullback offence and that I would get a lot of reps. It's not just a blocking role ... They've been using the fullback a lot and I've been having a great time with it."

Kelly has enjoyed watching him.

"He is a stud," he said. "I can't be more happy for a player than I am for Jon. It's so cool to see him out there. He's playing well. He's not afraid to stick his nose in, obviously from his background as a defensive player.

"That was a pretty good catch he made (vs. Hamilton), but as soon as he catches it, you know he's looking for someone to run over rather than avoid. But I'm having a good time watching him progress also."

FANS BANNED: For the second straight day, the Tiger-Cats barred fans from attending the first 15 minutes of practice on Tuesday, but did allow media to watch.

The Ticats are still leery after Bomber scout Ron Trentini was caught spying at one of their practices last week.

"I wouldn't read too much into it," club president Scott Mitchell told the Hamilton Spectator. "I think it was a one-off thing. (Head coach) Marcel (Bellefeuille) was a little disappointed in some of things that happened last week and I can understand that."

Mitchell added that the espionage, which is not expressly forbidden in the league's constitution and for which the Bombers were not sanctioned, will be raised at the next CFL board of governors meeting.

HASHMARKS: Since new LB Derrick Doggett was taking a lot of turns on Winnipeg's starting special teams the last few days, it looks like the ex-Eskimo will draw in when Winnipeg plays host to the Argos tomorrow night ... Toronto SB Andre Talbot will likely miss tomorrow's match as Brad Smith was re-signed to replace the Canuck. However, FB Jeff Johnson will return from injury ... The Bombers have sold more than 25,000 tickets to tomorrow's match.


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