Bombers QB Buck Pierce slims down

Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce prepares to toss the ball during practice in Winnipeg, Wednesday,...

Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce prepares to toss the ball during practice in Winnipeg, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:29 PM ET

WINNIPEG - It looks like the Blue Bombers pulled a fast one on us.

Buck Pierce is not back as the starting quarterback, after all.

At least, not the Buck Pierce we knew.

Masquerading in No. 4's place as veterans join training camp this weekend will be a skinny kid who tips the scales at 20 to 25 pounds less than Pierce did.

Where Pierce, a shade over six feet tall, has always suited up at 215-218 pounds, the new guy is in the low 190s, 195 tops, with a body fat count of eight per cent, compared to Pierce's 15 per cent.

After eight years of listening to coaches who tell him to bulk up to absorb the inevitable hits coming his way, all too many of which have put him in sick bay, Pierce has switched strategies.

He'll outrun them, instead.


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