Former Riders great steered rookie nose tackle towards Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Zach Anderson (r) works out against Winnipeg Blue Bombers...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Zach Anderson (r) works out against Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner during CFL football practice in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday June 30, 2013. BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

Hey, Bomber fans. It turns out the Saskatchewan Roughriders are good for something after all.

Actually, it's a former member of Rider Nation who played a small role in helping Zach Anderson grab the starting nose tackle job for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

JT Gilmore got the job out of training camp, but he suffered a calf injury in the season-opener and has been unable to get back on the field because Anderson, a rookie out of Northern Michigan, has played so well.

And Anderson owes some of his early success to former Roughrider great Bobby Jurasin, who is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Jurasin lives in Marquette, Mich., where Northern Michigan is based, and his son, Wyatt, was Anderson's teammate with the Wildcats.

Anderson, 24, was ready to turn pro after his senior season, and Jurasin, who used to coach the Northern Michigan defensive line, was always around to answer questions about making the jump to the next level.


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