QB wants chance to prove himself

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

Alex Brink is guaranteed to toss more than two pass attempts on Sunday.

The former Washington State star quarterback will get more than a quarter of action when the Bombers take on the Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium in the pre-season finale for both teams.

Brink, who is competing with Adam DiMichele for the third-string spot, threw just two passes in last Sunday’s pre-season victory over the Montreal Alouettes, and both were dropped.

Considering he will get more than 15 minutes of work against the Tabbies, some of his passes should at least be caught.

“It’s a chance to go prove myself again just like any practice day or any other pre-season game. That’s what it is,” said Brink, who is still smarting from his Boston Celtics’ Game 7 loss to the L.A. Lakers in the NBA finals. “It’s a chance for me to go out and demonstrate that I have a grasp on the offence and I have a grasp on my role in it.”

Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice told the team at the beginning of camp that players would not be judged on one of anything. Brink believes that will help him when the brass makes its final cuts on Thursday.

“I feel I’ve put together a good body of work in my practices, in the time I had in the game, and hopefully this weekend,” Brink said.

DiMichele’s parents were planning to attend the game, but they couldn’t get their passports in time. It’s probably a good thing, because their son will get only a few plays after Buck Pierce, Steven Jyles and Brink are finished.

On the bright side, DiMichele’s light workload probably means he is in the No. 3 hole.

“Whenever I get in there I’m going to try to make plays and stay within the offence and continue to be a leader,” DiMichele said.

LaPolice wants to keep all four quarterbacks anyway, so it’ll be up to the fourth-place finisher to determine if he wants to go on the practice roster.

ROOKIE LEGS: It’s been a long and tiring training camp for a couple of rookie receivers: No. 1 draft pick Cory Watson and American Terence Jeffers-Harris.

On Sunday they will have to use whatever is left in the tank to snag a roster spot.

Jeffers-Harris is going in with confidence after hauling in three passes for a team-leading 54 yards in last Sunday’s pre-season opener.

“I’m looking at this game more as a progression and a catapult to the season,” he said. “Hopefully this is really a good sense of where I’m going to be at.”

Watson knows he will be judged on his entire camp, but he knows standing out on Sunday would go a long way towards his reaching his goal.

“I want to make big plays. Do what I’ve been doing in the CIS and just translate it to the CFL,” the former Concordia star said.

“That’s everyone’s goal, is to always stand out. I just gotta try and find a way to make some big plays out there.”

FAN CLUB: Chris Smith, a fourth-round draft pick of the Bombers this year, grew up in Toronto and went to school up the road at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

That means a good number of his family members and friends will be making the trip down to Hamilton on Sunday.

“Most of my family and a lot of my friends and teammates are all going to be there. It’s going to be awesome,” Smith said. “It’ll be nice to see them after being here for two weeks and not seeing them.”

Smith stood out last week against Montreal, making three tackles and one on special teams. His mission is to show more against Hamilton.

“The goal’s always to improve,” he said. “I had a few nice plays (against Montreal), and most of those were on defence. So hopefully I’ll make my presence known a little more on special teams this week.”

LATE HITS: The Ticats will be dressing 71 players, including quarterbacks Kevin Glenn, Quinton Porter, Adam Tafralis and Jason Boltus … Winnipeg native and University of Manitoba product Eddie Steele will be in uniform for the Tiger-Cats. Steele was a third-round draft pick of the Tabbies last month … Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice was too ill on Saturday morning to fly with the team to southern Ontario. He made it to Steeltown later in the day.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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