Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 09/12/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
After two years in the Bombers system -- though he spent 2012 on the injured list -- Tyson Pencer will finally get his chance to start at right guard. The 6-7 British Columbian was originally pegged as the sixth offensive lineman for Saturday's game in Edminton against the Eskimos, with newly acquired Marc Parenteau getting the start. But on Wednesday, the coaching staff had a change of heart and picked the "tough guy" Pencer instead.
"Sometimes, the best way to become a good player is just by playing," said head coach Tim Burke. "We as coaches, we always want to put somebody in there that we know can get the job done to a certain extent. Sometimes we're not quick enough to put a new body in there who hasn't played enough. So let's see what we can learn."
Pencer, 24, was elated by the news, saying he's been working hard on cleaning up his game. "I feel like I've got to prove a lot," he said. "Not only to myself, but to everyone else that I can compete and I can have a starting spot on this offence not just (for) now but for a long time coming."
One thing's for sure: The jovial Foster is likely to be a media fave during his time here. He said he knows he can't replace the community presence Buck Pierce left, but he does want to let Winnipeggers know he's "a good guy, a community guy." He's also a dedicated reader and used to be an avid writer in college. That's not usual for a football player, is it? "That's why I'm not a football player, I'm an athlete playing football," he quipped.
-- Melissa Martin
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 12, 2013 D6
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