Glenn in groove against Bombers

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

HAMILTON — Ticats quarterback Kevin Glenn is eager to get another season going, but he takes no additional pride in going up against his former team and says it’s merely a coincidence he’s lit them up a few times since he was released by Mike Kelly.

“I’m not a spiteful person, you’ve all heard that before but I’m not and I just want to reiterate that because some people think I am. I’m really not,” said Glenn. “I’ve played well against other teams. My best single game has come against the Montreal Alouettes. I can’t sit here and tell you there’s some kind of drink that I mix up and drink before I play Winnipeg. I just try to go out and play good, sound football every game. If Winnipeg is a team I’ve had a lot of success against, I don’t know why. I have no clue.”

Glenn is coming off a strong season and looking for big things once again.

“My expectations are to lead this team, I want to lead this team to the Grey Cup,” said Glenn, who enters his third season as the Ticats starter. “I still get excited (for the season to open). Not nervous, let’s make that clear. Anxious. I don’t like waiting around. I want to get out there and play. This is something I love to do.”

The Blue Bombers say they’re ready for Glenn.

“Kevin is a veteran quarterback and he knows how to read defences fast and quick,” said Blue Bombers defensive back Jovon Johnson. “He gets the ball out of his hand quick and that makes him successful. We know what he’s going to give us and we know what he brings to the table. We know what to expect from him. He’s a great quarterback but we expect to come out and play and compete.”

NO RECURRING THEMES: Bombers special teams coach Kyle Walters was reminded how his first game as a CFL coach began last season — with Ticats returner Marcus Thigpen returned the opening kickoff the length of the field for a touchdown.

“It’s disbelief,” said Walters. “You’re so excited and then you’re thinking, ‘that can’t have just happened.’ It was a tough way to start, without a doubt.”

Walters wasn’t the only one who couldn’t believe his eyes.

“It happened fast that you don’t even realize that the season has already begun,” said Blue Bombers linebacker and special teams captain Pierre-Luc Labbe. “It’s going to happen, but you have to answer to it and make sure you win your battles on the field. Special teams are all about battles. It’s 12 guys challenging and fighting against the 12 guys on the other team. We have to work hard and know what we’re doing. We can’t make the same mistakes we made last year.”

Special teams figure to be another area the Blue Bombers should be improved in 2011.

“We’re much more athletic this year and everyone has a year under their belt,” said Walters. “Some of the younger guys have stepped up and taken on more of a leadership role. It’s been a noticeable improvement in the attitude among special teams. When things break down, we need guys to clean up mistakes and limit the returns to 15 or 20 yarders when we don’t do our jobs, not give up the big ones.”

Now the challenge is to see if they can apply that attitude during games.

THE SCRATCHES: Since they didn’t travel with the team to Steeltown, it appears the Blue Bombers scratches for Friday will include non-import receiver Jade Etienne, import offensive tackle Kelly Butler, non-import offensive guard Chris Kowalczuk and import receiver Clarence Denmark.


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