Fresh faces dot Bombers lineup

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

The Bombers are making six roster changes for tonight's clash with the Argos.

Five of the players coming on the roster will be making their Bomber debuts, while four will be appearing in a CFL regular-season game for the first time.

What they lack in experience will be made up for with enthusiasm, according to veteran defensive tackle Doug Brown.

"They're not tainted or scarred with anything that's transpired this year," Brown said. "They really buoy our team. They kind of remind the rest of us we're 3-8 but we're still real fortunate to play a game for a living."

Bombers wide receiver Otis Amey appeared in 11 NFL games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, but can't wait to play in his first CFL contest tonight.

"I'm so excited," he said yesterday after the team's walk-through. "Today wasn't even a game, but I had trouble sleeping last night."

Head coach Mike Kelly noted that the receiving corps was especially bouncy this week in the wake of the team trading Arjei Franklin and Romby Bryant to Calgary.

"This has been one of the most interesting weeks I've ever experienced in 29 years of doing this stuff, the social climate and how it's changed within a group," Kelly said.

"We have had more energy in our practices and practised with more speed out of the receiving group than what we've had the whole year."

Ricky Santos, Phillip Hunt, Justin Shaw, Amey and ODell Willis will be making their Bomber debuts, while all but Willis will be appearing in their first CFL games.

HALL OF A GROUP: This year's Canadian Football Hall of Fame class -- Alondra Johnson, Glen Weir, Jim Mills, Rudy Phillips and Tony Anselmo -- will sign autographs in the south end zone before tonight's game, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Bomber Hall of Famers Kenny Ploen, Chris Walby, Joe Poplawski, James Murphy, John Bonk, Frank Rigney and Paul Bennett will also be in attendance.

The Hall of Fame class will also be honoured at half time of tonight's contest.

IN MEMORY: Bomber kick returner-cornerback Jovon Johnson had a rough day earlier this week; the one-year anniversary of his younger brother's shooting death was Wednesday.

"I didn't really do anything, but it was definitely on my mind," Johnson said. "I wasn't in the greatest mood the whole day, but at the same time my mom's birthday was the next day, so I did some things for her, sent her some stuff back home."

LATE HITS: The Bombers are 1-3 at home, while the Argos are 2-4 on the road ... The Argos are averaging one more point and 10 more yards of offence per game than the Bombers.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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