Training camp 'stud' gets his chance to shine

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

The name is Moton, not Motown, but it could soon become ‘Moe-Down.’

Rookie import defensive lineman Moton Hopkins will replace the injured Dorian Smith when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton on Friday.

“Training camp and pre-season, he’s been a stud,” Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice said Tuesday. “He’s a big body inside and he’s very athletic for a big kid, and he really punches the pocket. He really pushes people vertically and he pushes the line of scrimmage (back). He’s a good kid and I’m looking forward to seeing him this week.”

Smith will be out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.

“I’m definitely excited that I get a chance to play and get out there and contribute,” said the 6-foot-2, 277-pound Hopkins. “I’m trying to (hit hard). I’m trying to be like my brothers on the team here.”

But. where did that name originate?

“I’m actually the third (Moton) but I don’t know where it came from originally,” he said.

SMOOTH DUDE: LaPolice wants tailback Fred Reid to settle down a bit.

“The thing we’re trying to get Fred to do this week is be a little more patient because, sometimes, there’s some real nice seams for him but he sometimes either bounces it outside or doesn’t hit them,” he said. “I’ve been calling him a ‘Smooth Dude’ all week.

“ ‘I want you to be a smooth dude,’ so he’s nice and slow so he sees it because I think he’s got the tools to be the best in the league, hands down.”

HOBBLED: Brady Browne will start at safety for the injured Ian Logan (hamstring) … SB Aaron Hargreaves sat out Tuesday’s practice but should be good to go Wednesday.

TOP PLAYERS: Bomber QB Buck Pierce was the unanimous selection as the CFL’s top offensive player. The others were: Saskatchewan DE Brent Hawkins (defensive), Toronto KR Chad Owens (special teams) and Montreal S Étienne Boulay (Canadian).


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