Smith aims to improve on 3 sacks

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Despite an impressive three sacks in his last outing, Dorian Smith isn't satisfied with where his game is right now.

That's good news for fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and could be scary for those who line up opposite the huge defensive tackle.

"It's been a while," said Smith, when asked to recall the last time he recorded three sacks in a single game. "I think I did it in college once and in junior college, once I had six in one game. I'm nowhere close to my record yet."

Shockingly, Smith might only be scratching the surface of his potential.

"I want to do my part to help the team win, I could have played a lot better," said Smith.

Smith has certainly impressed head coach Mike Kelly so far this season.

"His get-off has startled some offensive linemen in the league," said Kelly. "He comes off the ball so quickly and he's got really good hand technique and a great desire to get to the ball. I've been very pleased with the way he's been playing."

An injury to veteran Tyrone Williams gave Smith an opening to get into the starting lineup and now he's playing so well that it's tough for Kelly to contemplate making a switch at the position.

"Tyrone is a good football player, but Dorian is giving us an added dimension that very few players can provide," said Kelly. "He's improving in playing the run and is so disruptive in the pass. It's a credit to him and how hard he works to keep a guy the calibre of Tyrone on the bench."

FINED: Kelly is $1,000 lighter in the wallet after being fined by the CFL yesterday. In a release, the league said Kelly was being punished for "derogatory comments made towards on-field officials in last Friday's game against the Toronto Argonauts."

NO INTEREST: Kelly was blunt and to the point when asked if he would be willing to listen to a trade offer from the Argos for disgruntled receiver Arland Bruce III, who was not on the field yesterday and has been having issues with new head coach Bart Andrus.

"At this time, I don't see where there's any interest there," said Kelly.

OPTIONS GALORE: With the loss of Pierre-Luc Labbe for four weeks with a knee injury, Kelly said that defensive lineman Riall Johnson could be replace him in the 3-4 defensive set at linebacker.

Meanwhile, Kelly liked what he saw from James Johnson in the return game and didn't know if Craphonso Thorpe would be incorporated into that role this weekend.

HOME AND HOME: While some coaches bristle at the thought of playing the same team in back-to-back weeks in an eight-team league, Kelly gave a political answer when asked for his thoughts on seeing the Argos again on Saturday.

"It's a unique quirk to the Canadian Football League and it's always kind of fun -- you just embrace it, get ready and go play again," said Kelly.


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