Bombers thrilled to know Buck stops here

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

As soon as it became official, Lavar Glover celebrated.

The import defensive back was thrilled that former B.C. Lion teammate Buck Pierce has become a fellow Blue Bomber.

“When I heard the news, I was like, ‘Yes!’” Glover said Monday. “Man, that’s a big deal … Buck is awesome.

“I’m really happy for Buck. He’s always been a great player, he just needed to stay healthy. When he’s confident, has the right players around him and the coaches have confidence in him, he can be a premiere quarterback in this league … When he’s healthy, Buck is a baller.”

Glover signed with Winnipeg as a free agent earlier this winter.

“We spent four years in B.C. together and we won a championship together,” Glover said. “He’s a great guy and a lot of fun in the locker-room. I really like him. He’s also mobile, athletic and he can throw.”

Veteran Bomber offensive lineman Obby Khan also welcomed the news.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “Buck Pierce has a great, great history playing with the B.C. Lions. He’s put up some impressive numbers. I remember playing against him, we were always worried about what kind of game Buck would have. He has the ability to just destroy teams.”

Pierce is also a proven leader on the field.

“From what I’ve seen of him on the field, he’s a leader and he definitely has the physical tools to lead a team down the field,” said veteran Bomber OL Glenn January. “For an offensive lineman, you always like to have a quarterback who goes through his reads and has a quick release, and he definitely has those qualities.”

Quarterback Steven Jyles, a former Saskatchewan Roughrider who signed as a free agent earlier, welcomed the chance to battle for the starting spot.

“I’m fired up about it,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it got a lot tougher. It was tough from the start. We’re all professionals. Regardless who’s here, you’re going to have to compete.”

And regardless of who starts, the O-line will have to keep him healthy.

“When Buck or Jyles or (Ricky) Santos get hurt, it’s our fault,” Khan said. “That’s our job … Buck got banged up a lot in B.C., and in large part it wasn’t Buck’s fault. It’s a game of accountability. We’ve got to go out and protect him. That’s not even a concern for us. We couldn’t care less if Buck has 100 concussions or no concussions. We’ve got to protect him.”

— With files from Paul Friesen


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