Renaud rewarded for punting prowess

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Mike Renaud knows the template and he wants to be part of the next great Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicking/punting duo.

The current Winnipeg Blue Bombers punter took another step toward accomplishing his goal on Tuesday as he agreed to a contract extension that locks him up through the 2013 season.

Kicker Justin Palardy is also under contract through 2013, so while they’re still in the embryonic stages of becoming the next Bob Cameron and Trevor Kennerd/Troy Westwood combination, that remains the long-range goal.

“The reputation here is that once they like the guys that they have, they keep them,” said Renaud, a 28-year-old from Ottawa.

“It wasn’t a secret I wanted to be here and follow in their footsteps. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.

“It’s definitely a pay raise, but the best part is to be here, with what this club is doing and the direction they’re headed.”

Renaud is the latest Blue Bomber to sign an extension, following the likes of running back Fred Reid.

“Since we got here, our status quo about success in this league is with Canadian players and we think Mike is one of the best punters in the league,” said Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. “We wanted to get him locked up and extended. It’s been a priority for us.

“We’ve been locking up a lot of guys who want to stay here and don’t want to go anywhere else.”

LOBENDAHN SALUTED: When the CFL Gibson’s Finest Weekly awards were handed out Tuesday, Blue Bombers linebacker Joe Lobendahn was among those getting a tip of the cap.

Thanks to his seven tackles and three fumble recoveries (stats were updated by the league upon review), Lobendahn got the nod as the defensive player of the week in what was one of the most impressive performances LaPolice has ever witnessed.

“A couple years ago when I was here as offensive co-ordinator, Charlie Roberts had a monster game, about 180 yards rushing and Reggie Hunt had 17 tackles or something like that,” said LaPolice. “(Hunt) broke the CFL record for tackles in a game, though they were 15 yards downfield every time.

“But what Joe did was tremendous, especially when you take the ball away.”

Other winners were Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo (top offensive player), Edmonton Eskimos running back Jerome Messam (top Canadian) and Stamps kicker and former Blue Bomber training camp hopeful Rene Paredes (special teams player).


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