July 7, 2012
Bombers have their new punt return threatWashington has been dynamic through two games
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Poor Jovon Johnson isn’t getting his punt return job back anytime soon.
The cornerback loved doing double duty for the Bombers the past couple of seasons, and he was named the CFL’s defensive player of the year in 2011 while also serving as Winnipeg’s primary punt returner.
Demond Washington has stolen his punt returning job and won’t be giving it back after quite the start to his CFL career. Washington returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown on Friday night in Montreal. That came one week after he did the same thing against B.C., only to have the touchdown called back on a penalty that apparently didn’t have anything to do with the score.
Washington, who also had to play halfback against the Alouettes after Alex Suber got hurt, credited his blockers for the score.
“The return was nice,” the Auburn product said. “The guys came out and executed, and gave some great blocks. It was a hole anybody could’ve ran through. I’m not going to take the credit. The credit goes to the punt return team.”