Doggett determined to make difference

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Derrick Doggett doesn't dog it on special teams.

As a matter of fact, nobody does it better.

The 24-year-old backup linebacker from San Diego has appeared in four of Winnipeg's nine games, yet is second in the CFL when it comes to special teams tackles.

Since playing his first game on Aug. 1 in Toronto, the Bombers have made 46 special teams tackles. Doggett has 15 of them, or nearly 33%.

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly has never seen anyone produce special teams tackles at such a rate. Doggett, who doesn't say much, said he isn't doing anything, well, special.

"I'm just running down there, and I'm just thinking that I can make the tackle," the Oregon State product said. "I'm just trying to get down there and make a play -- every time."

DEFENDING DARIAN: Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson said the Bombers must be wary of the big play with first-year quarterback Darian Durant at the controls for the Roughriders.

"He's still learning, but he's much better," Simpson said. "It's about not allowing him to make a big play. He's a big-play quarterback. He likes to throw it deep or scramble and throw it deep or run. Those usually end up in big plays. They're not a dink-and-dunk, march-it-down-the-field, ball-control offence."

As for Durant's favourite target in the receiving corps, Simpson said it's no secret.

"They're a big-play offence with Dressler and Dressler and Dressler," Simpson said with a laugh. "They love to throw the ball deep to him."

Weston Dressler is third in CFL receiving yards with 594, but Durant has a league-high 11 interceptions. Winnipeg is tops in the CFL with 19 picks.

MEMORIES: Backup safety Brady Browne is one of several former Riders who now suit up for the Bombers.

The University of Manitoba product's situation is a little different, however. He was a Rider for 18 days and didn't spend any time in Regina.

Browne signed with the Riders on March 12 but was traded to the Bombers on April 1 in the Dan Goodspeed-Adarius Bowman deal.

"(Riders coach) Ken Miller called me when I got traded," Browne said. "I told him, 'Thanks for the opportunity, I guess? And I'll see you Labour Day.'

"He's like, 'Yeah, I guess you will.' I'm like, 'Have a good one!' I didn't know what else to say. That was my Roughrider experience."

LATE HITS: The first Labour Day Classic was 70 years ago yesterday. Winnipeg beat the Regina Roughriders 17-1 on Sept. 4, 1939 ... Slotback Terrence Edwards (turf toe) didn't practise all week, but will have the painful area frozen so he can play ... The Bomber Store is hitting the road, like always this time of year. The store will be set up at the Brandon McDonald's on the Trans-Canada Highway today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then at Mosaic Stadium tomorrow from 11 a.m. until kickoff ... True Blue Booster Crew organizer Pat Rathwell will host the annual Bomber social tonight at Regina's Ramada Inn. Admission is free, and the doors open at 7 p.m. ... The forecast for Regina tomorrow calls for sunny skies, wind and a high of 31 C.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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