Bomber will be gunning for Lemon

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

Phillip Hunt wants Cleo Lemon to know he’s coming for him.

Hunt and fellow Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Odell Willis are among the most effective at their position in the Canadian Football League, and the Argonauts quarterback should be prepared to get decked on Sunday afternoon.

“I have a feeling they’re going to scheme against us, but pure athleticism and just hard work and dedication and passion of getting to the quarterback overcomes all schemes,” Hunt said. “We’ll have a few chances to get back there at Cleo Lemon.”

Hunt should know. He leads the CFL with nine sacks, while Willis has been no slouch either, racking up five. Combined, that’s just four fewer than the 18 the Argos have amassed through 10 games.

Argos head coach Jim Barker acknowledged that the names of Hunt and Willis came up often during meetings last week as the Argos prepared for the game. The Boatmen will get a boost on the offensive line as Chris Van Zeyl returns at right tackle after missing a game with a back injury, but Shannon Boatman will have to learn quickly as he is moved to left tackle from right.

“It’s one-on-one battles with our tackles and those two guys (Hunt and Willis),” Barker said. “They are always going to be what they are, which is great speed rushers, but you can do things to hopefully slow them down and help our tackles out. They get off the ball very quickly and change the snap counts. Doing things to try to slow them down is part of what we have to do. They are two of the best in the league.”


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