WINNIPEG- Running back Andrew Harris was not on the field for day two of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp. Head coach Mike O’Shea would only say that Harris had a personal matter to deal with and he is expected to be back on the field tomorrow.
Meanwhile, kicker Justin Medlock showed off his powerful left leg during a sunny, warm day at Investors Group Field. The left-footed Medlock pounded field goals through from 55 yards with ease, no doubt causing his challengers Sergio Castillo and Billy Pavlopoulos to shake their heads. Castillo also has a strong leg and Pavlopoulos has hit some towering punts during the first two days of camp, but the big free agent money given to Medlock makes him a good bet to handle all of the Bombers kicking chores this season.
Medlock doesn’t shy away from the big expectations the Bombers have for him. When asked if he felt pressure because the Bombers have referred to him as the most accurate place kicker in CFL history, Medlock said “No. I have no problem with that. You should think you are the best.” Medlock made 42 of his 47 field goal attempts with Hamilton last year posting a career best 89.4% completion percentage. His career mark of 87.5% is the best in CFL history.
“My biggest thing” said Medlock “is everybody has to buy in. You can’t complain, you gotta buy in. You gotta go out, you have to execute. I’m a big believer in that. Do your job, that’s really what it comes down to. I’m not an excuse maker. Just do your job.”
In addition to his sparkling regular season career percentage, Medlock has shone in the playoffs. In 6 post season appearances, he has made 16 of 19 field goal attempts.
Bombers are counting on the 32 year old Medlock to give them the most consistent kicking they have had in quite some time.