Glenn in groove against Bombers


, 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 its merely a coincidence hes lit them up a few times since he was released by Mike Kelly.

Im not a spiteful person, youve all heard that before but Im not and I just want to reiterate that because some people think I am. Im really not, said Glenn. Ive played well against other teams. My best single game has come against the Montreal Alouettes. I cant sit here and tell you theres 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 Ive had a lot of success against, I dont 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, lets make that clear. Anxious. I dont like waiting around. I want to get out there and play. This is something I love to do.

The Blue Bombers say theyre 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 hes going to give us and we know what he brings to the table. We know what to expect from him. Hes 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.

Its disbelief, said Walters. Youre so excited and then youre thinking, that cant have just happened. It was a tough way to start, without a doubt.

Walters wasnt the only one who couldnt believe his eyes.

It happened fast that you dont even realize that the season has already begun, said Blue Bombers linebacker and special teams captain Pierre-Luc Labbe. Its 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. Its 12 guys challenging and fighting against the 12 guys on the other team. We have to work hard and know what were doing. We cant make the same mistakes we made last year.

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

Were 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. Its 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 dont 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 didnt 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.