Clements ready to take bite out of Lions



Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Malik Clements wishes to be a dentist when his enjoying days are above.

For now, the 25-12 months-outdated from Virginia is a lot more targeted on knocking out enamel with large hits.

“Precisely. It is nuts how that works,” Clements, who features a million-dollar smile himself, advised the Absolutely free Push just after Thursday’s shut practice at IG Industry.

Clements will very likely have extra of an prospect to do some harm to the opposition’s Chiclets, starting off Saturday evening in Vancouver when the Bombers (4-) choose on the B.C. Lions (3-), as the Blue and Gold’s starting off weak-aspect linebacker, Kyrie Wilson, is finished for the period with a torn Achilles tendon. Wilson, one of the unsung heroes of the defence, was taking part in like an all-star this year ahead of leaving Monday’s 23-22 victory in Toronto right after having injured on a non-make contact with play.

“Kyrie is one particular of the most underrated players in this league. He’s distinctive. He holds down that WILL spot incredibly properly. He’s one of the best in the league,” explained defensive back Nick Taylor.

“We’re gonna miss him, but it’s a next-gentleman-up mentality. Malik will stage up, Les (Maruo), and the total gang. We’re just gonna go out there and do the finest that we can. But we’re gonna pass up him. He’s significant to our workforce. He stops a good deal of plays that individuals really don’t even understand in some cases. It just sucks.”

The personal injury bug has hit the Bombers really hard as their 6-match wounded checklist already options some notable names in safety Brandon Alexander, dimeback Mercy Maston, centre Michael Couture, receiver Nic Demski, quarterback Dakota Prukop, defensive again Noah Hallett, and linebacker Jesse Briggs.

“It’s professional soccer, suitable? It’s pro sport. But when you chat about the individual facet, yeah, it stinks,” claimed head coach Mike O’Shea.

Clements built 11 defensive tackles in seven online games for the Edmonton Elks last time as a CFL newcomer. Accidents slowed Clements down past 12 months as he battled a tweaked hamstring and strained a pectoral muscle. The Elks resolved to move on from Clements, top to the Bombers signing him to a offer in March. The University of Cincinnati solution registered six defensive tackles and a sack in reduction of Wilson on Monday.

“He can deal with. He knows the recreation and he’s fit in quite perfectly with our fellas,” O’Shea said.

“It’s all excellent. There is very little not to like. He plays a actual physical brand name of football, as well. He likes to stick his nose in there and get filthy which is superior as nicely.”

It seemed like Clements, who took a certified dental-assistant system in higher school, was headed to lifestyle immediately after football soon after his lone season in Edmonton. He wasn’t completely ready to accept that, so he despatched his spotlight tape to Winnipeg’s assistant general supervisor and director of U.S. scouting, Danny McManus. McManus and Co. made a decision to give Clements a shot and now he has a prospect to demonstrate they manufactured the appropriate contact.

“Football’s my to start with enjoy, person. And naturally, I’m still kinda younger. I can go back again to university at any time,” Clements said.

“I just preferred to keep chasing the aspiration and the hunger was nevertheless there. I’m the style of particular person that does not give up. I continue to keep scratching and clawing for my dreams.”

Wilson, who’s in his fifth calendar year with the workforce, has wasted no time in helping Clements get prepared to fill his footwear.

“Kyrie’s been a major enable, even after he got injured… And looking at the way he practises, he practises with a motor,” said Clements. “As a young male coming up in the CFL, that is some thing you appear up to, for absolutely sure.”

CONTROVERSIAL Participate in VS. ARGOS

Demerio Houston believed he hauled in the 1st interception of his profession.

In the third quarter, Argos pivot McLeod Bethel-Thompson underthrew a deep move to receiver Brandon Banks and Houston jumped up and caught it, or so it appeared, at the objective line. But as he arrived down to the ground, Houston did not maintain whole possession and Financial institutions ripped the ball absent. The close final result was a touchdown for Toronto.

“I felt like I was down and it was an interception, but the referees assumed usually. Mentor usually tells me ‘Don’t go away it in the referee’s hands. Make your engage in.’ I believed I did that. I imagined it would be a unique get in touch with and a diverse consequence, but he designed a very good participate in,” Houston reported.

After receiving a probability to examine it, O’Shea had no challenge with the call.

“It took about a few seconds on the lookout at our replay here in the stadium. There with the Tv set replays, it is challenging to see. With the digital camera angles we get, it was fairly clear proper absent that it was a landing. So, terrific position by the command centre,” mentioned O’Shea.

TAYLOR Putting UP Numbers

7-yr vet Nick Taylor experienced two interceptions in his 1st 51 normal year games in the CFL. This period, the defensive back has 3 in four online games, placing him in a three-way tie for first spot in the CFL.

“This yr it appears to be to be likely my way,” Taylor claimed Thursday. “I labored challenging all offseason undertaking a great deal of receiver function. When the chance arrives, I just try to make them. The ball has appear my way before. I just didn’t discover a way to finish. The emphasis this yr was to come across a way to complete by any signifies vital.”

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