THE Blue Bombers' secondary is probably the toughest unit in the entire CFL in which to gain membership, but import defensive back Darrell Pasco is making a strong case.

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THE Blue Bombers' secondary is probably the toughest unit in the entire CFL in which to gain membership, but import defensive back Darrell Pasco is making a strong case.

While it's unlikely Pasco (25, Georgia Southern) will unseat any of the starting five -- cornerbacks Jovon Johnson and Brandon Stewart, halfbacks Jonathan Hefney and Alex Suber and safety Ian Logan -- he has been making a strong bid in training camp this week for the sixth defensive-back position that Deon Beasley anchored last season.

Darrell Pasco

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Darrell Pasco

Pasco played on the first-team defence in place of Suber at practice Wednesday and had two knockdowns and an interception of quarterback Joey Elliott to continue to state his case.

If Pasco's name sounds familiar, it's because he was around the club late last season, spending five weeks on the practice roster before getting into the final regular-season game in Calgary and then the Grey Cup, both times on special teams.

That little taste, Pasco says, was just enough to whet his appetite for something more this season.

"I'm just going to keep working my butt off and let the coach know that I am coachable," he said Wednesday. "I do want to be here. Winnipeg is where I'm at and this is where I want to be, and hopefully I can keep on making plays and get my name noticed and hopefully at least get in the rotation."

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Defensive end Jason Vega (leg) returned to the practice field Wednesday, but offensive lineman Brendan Dunn (lower body) sat out. Also still sitting out Wednesday were running back Carl Volny (knee), safety Brady Browne (hamstring) and linebacker Marcellus Bowman (lower leg).

LaPolice suggested Bowman could be out a couple more days.

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FIELD NOTES -- Kicking with a strong tailwind, placekickers Justin Palardy and Eric Wilbur both hit from 47 yards... Safety Ian Logan intercepted an overthrown ball by QB Buck Pierce... SB Terrence Edwards went over top of DB Jonathan Hefney to make a nice catch on a ball thrown by Pierce to the back of the end zone... The Bombers' first-team offensive line had Glenn January at left tackle, Chris Greaves at left guard, Chris Kowalczuk at centre, Steve Morley at right guard and Andre Douglas at right tackle.

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Fast and fastidious

Head coach Paul LaPolice kept practice brief and to the point Wednesday after three straight days of four-hour training-camp marathons. Practice at Canad Inns Stadium on Wednesday morning took barely one hour, about half devoted to scrimmage under CFL referee Al Bradbury. As in previous years, LaPolice asked Bradbury to come to practice, run through some new rules with him and then officiate the scrimmage to give his players, particularly rookies, a feel for how things work in the CFL.

Keeping it vague

LaPolice has made several references during camp to players having "upper-body injuries" and "lower-body injuries" -- the same format most hockey teams in the NHL use. The Bombers, like every other team in the CFL, have always reported the specific locations of injuries -- ankle, elbow, knee, shoulder, etc. Asked Wednesday if the terminology he has used this week means the team is changing the way they report injuries this season, LaPolice was noncommittal. "I might," he said. "We'll see."

Paul Wiecek

Paul Wiecek
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Paul Wiecek was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End and delivered the Free Press -- 53 papers, Machray Avenue, between Main and Salter Streets -- long before he was first hired as a Free Press reporter in 1989.