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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, officially the Winnipeg Football Club are a Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League CFL. They play their home games at Investors Group Field after many years of playing at the arena since demolished Canada Inns Stadium. The Blue Bombers were founded in 1930 as the Winnipeg Football Club, which remains the organization's legal name today. Since that time, they have won the league's Grey Cup championship 10 times, most recently in 1990. With 10 wins, they have the third-highest win total in the Grey Cup among active and defunct CFL teams. Though they are currently the team with the longest Grey Cup drought, no other CFL franchise has as many Grey Cup appearances as the Blue Bombers' current 25. The Blue Bombers were the first team not located in Ontario, Canada or Quebec, Canada to win a championship.


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Team Founded: 1930
Conference: CFL
Division: West Division
Football League: Canadian Football
Team Mascot: Buzz
Team City: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Team Stadium: Investors Group Field
National Champions: 10
Team Website: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Website
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Bombers add defensive back to roster

WINNIPEG, MB., February 20, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has added American defensive back Jamalcolm Liggins. Liggins (6-2, 200, Dickinson State, April 26, 1996, Memphis, TN) finished his career at Dickinson State with first team All-American honors in 2018. He was also named second team in 2017. The Bismarck, ND...

WINNIPEG, MB., February 20, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has added American defensive back Jamalcolm Liggins.

Liggins (6-2, 200, Dickinson State, April 26, 1996, Memphis, TN) finished his career at Dickinson State with first team All-American honors in 2018. He was also named second team in 2017. The Bismarck, ND native led the defence to conference championships in four straight years and set a school record with four interceptions in one game. Liggins signed with the Eagles after being undrafted in 2019 and had three tackles and one pass deflected in two pre-season games.


“I’m thinking dynasty at this point.” | Awe bringing brains, physicality to Bombers

Anyone who has lined up opposite Micah Awe – or schemed against him as a coach – can offer up this simple and succinct scouting report: The newest member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a versatile linebacker who is passionate, intelligent and brings a nasty wallop in any collision he’s involved in all over the...

Anyone who has lined up opposite Micah Awe – or schemed against him as a coach – can offer up this simple and succinct scouting report: The newest member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a versatile linebacker who is passionate, intelligent and brings a nasty wallop in any collision he’s involved in all over the field.

But he also brings a scientific approach to the game that draws from his engineering degree from Texas Tech. His idea was first put to use last year with the Toronto Argonauts and hopes can provide the same benefits to the Bombers in 2020.

“I’m a computer nerd,” began Awe with a chuckle, during a conversation with bluebombers.com from his offseason base in Chicago. “When I was hurt last year in Toronto I couldn’t just sit there and not do anything, so I ended up creating what is basically a prediction app for football. Now I use that technology to predict plays even faster, even more efficiently than ever.

“It’s very simple… the great linebackers always seem to know what the next play is based on any number of factors, like down and distance, personnel packages… it’s any variable. If it’s happened before it will tell you, ‘Last time they were in this, this, this and this, this is what they usually do.’ It’s just providing more information and it’s been beneficial to me personally.”

“Essentially, I took what I knew and made an artificial intelligence app that confirms what you are already thinking. You always hear coaches say, ‘Don’t think, don’t think…’ Now if you have the facts about a team when they are second and eight on their own 40-yard line, for example, and you combine on top of that your own instincts… it’s almost like cheating.”

A product of Texas Tech with a degree in petroleum engineering, the 26-year-old Nigerian-born/Texas-raised product is an intriguing addition to the Bombers. He has played all three linebacking positions during his days in the CFL with B.C. and Toronto, but is primarily a middle or weak-side linebacker – positions more than capably held by Adam Bighill and Kyrie Wilson.

Naturally, that came up in the conversation on Monday. Awe’s answer speaks of both his confidence and his drive.

“Honestly, I don’t care where I fit,” he said. “It’s about me doing what I’m supposed to do in training camp and competing. I’m going to be on the field. I don’t know where, but I’m going to find a way to be on the field. That’s just how I am.

“I’m the kind of guy who thinks you can bring in the next hall of fame linebacker and I’m going to out-play him. That’s just my mindset. Going to a good linebacking corps is exciting because when I start doing well it’s going to be, ‘Wow, he’s one of the best linebackers in the best linebacking corps.’ It’s going to be great.

“There’s a lot of competition there, great players there, and that’s why I wanted to go. I’m super excited.”

Awe first came to the CFL with the B.C. Lions in 2017 after being recommended by current Bombers Director of College Scouting, Ryan Rigmaiden. He parlayed a solid rookie season into a look-see with the New York Jets, but returned to B.C. later that season and joined the Argos last year as a free agent.

He lists Rigmaiden, along with former Bombers Chandler Fenner and Maxx Forde among those who raved about the organization here in Winnipeg. He also said the first few hours of his free agent experience were, well, interesting.

“Oh, man… a slew of things came together and then I ended up signing in Winnipeg. And ‘slew of things’ is an understatement,” he said. “I definitely could have signed on the first day, the first hour of free agency, but that didn’t happen. It’s a business… no hard feelings and the team that knows what I’m talking about, knows what I’m talking about.

“Maxx and Chandler and I were close friends in B.C. They both went to Winnipeg and both aren’t there right now but they both said ‘This is a great organization.’ It says something to hear that from players who aren’t even there anymore are still talking super positive about it.”

Awe said the Argos’ struggles last season – they finished 4-14 – hardened him, taught him thing about himself and made him appreciate his teammates who, he insists, made up a ‘great’ locker room. And from everything he’s come to believe, he’s coming to another great locker room here with the Bombers.

“I’m just glad the stars aligned and I’m going to a place where, from what I’ve heard from ex-teammates, is a great organization. At this point I’m just happy I’m going to a great organization that, on top of that, is coming off a Grey Cup win.

“I’m thinking dynasty at this point. I’m not thinking, ‘Oh, we’re going to be good again.’ I’m thinking the Patriots have been the Patriots for a reason over the past decade. It’s going to be fun.”


Blue Bombers add two to roster

WINNIPEG, MB., February 18, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has added American linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore and American defensive back Josh Miller. Rocquemore (6-1, 210, Utah State, July 24, 1996 in McKinney, Texas) finished his 2018 year with 73 tackles (31-solo, 42-assist), which included 2.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss....

WINNIPEG, MB., February 18, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has added American linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore and American defensive back Josh Miller.

Rocquemore (6-1, 210, Utah State, July 24, 1996 in McKinney, Texas) finished his 2018 year with 73 tackles (31-solo, 42-assist), which included 2.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. Rocquemore holds a single-game record for a 97-yard fumble return for a touchdown – the second-longest in Mountain West history.

Miller (5-11, 180, Ball State, May 3, 1996, in Indianapolis, Ind.) played in all 12 games with nine starts at cornerback for Ball State in 2018, tying for the team lead in interceptions (two) and ranked second in passes defended (six).


Bombers sign linebacker Micah Awe

WINNIPEG, MB., February 15, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the signing of American linebacker Micah Awe to a two-year contract. Awe (6-0, 225, Texas Tech) is a three-year Canadian Football League veteran with 35 games played with B.C. and Toronto. Over that span, he’s recorded 129 defensive tackles, 25 special teams tackles,...

WINNIPEG, MB., February 15, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the signing of American linebacker Micah Awe to a two-year contract.

Awe (6-0, 225, Texas Tech) is a three-year Canadian Football League veteran with 35 games played with B.C. and Toronto. Over that span, he’s recorded 129 defensive tackles, 25 special teams tackles, one sack, one interception and two forced fumbles. Awe played ten games for the Argonauts last season, registering 44 defensive tackles, six tackles on special teams, one sack and one interception.


“I already know it’s a good decision” | Johnson looking to make Winnipeg his football home

Josh Johnson had choices, and when a guy enters Canadian Football League free agency, the importance of that can’t be overstated. After all, a constantly ringing cell phone and an inbox full of messages sure as heck beats the alternative. Yet Johnson – the veteran defensive back who signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last...

Josh Johnson had choices, and when a guy enters Canadian Football League free agency, the importance of that can’t be overstated.

After all, a constantly ringing cell phone and an inbox full of messages sure as heck beats the alternative.

Yet Johnson – the veteran defensive back who signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week in what is being hailed across the league as a sneaky-good addition – also knew there was much more to being a free agent than simply the financial component.

It’s about that, absolutely. But it’s also about fit in a scheme and about familiarity with new teammates. And in the specific case of Johnson and his new team, it’s about the positive reputation the Bombers have built over the last few years.

“I had a few offers… I was talking with Calgary, with Winnipeg and still in contact with Edmonton,” said Johnson in a conversation from his offseason base in Florida. “But talking to different guys around the league and the guys who play in Winnipeg and they were all talking about the organization and how it changes you as a player, about how much they loved playing there.

“I know they have a great coach and playing against Coach O’Shea and seeing how he coaches makes you want to play for him. Being a small league you hear so many different stories about playing for different teams. A lot of it is from coaches and when you are around guys who understand the game it makes you want to be a part of it. Talking to so many guys, it had me stuck on coming to Winnipeg.

“Plus,” Johnson added with a chuckle, “I already know it’s a good decision because I’ve had so many people welcome me to Winnipeg. It’s really been ridiculous the response from fans, different players and they’re all telling me I’m going to love being there.”

The Bombers’ secondary will once again be undergoing a makeover this offseason, having lost Winston Rose to the Cincinnati Bengals and Marcus Sayles to the Minnesota Vikings. That made landing a veteran like Johnson paramount in helping fill those vacancies.

The 29-year-old Purdue product started 17 games for the Eskimos last season at both cornerback and halfback and has 64 starts in his four seasons in the CFL with B.C., Ottawa, Hamilton and Edmonton.

He’s an excellent communicator as well, as evidenced last season when he was one of the Eskimo defenders mic’d up by TSN for a game against the Stampeders and could be heard calling out the plays before they happened and helping teammates make the same read.

It’s that skill, combined with his physical skillset, which made him a popular name when CFL free agency opened.

A couple of facts behind that…

Johnson was twice named to the Big Ten’s All-Academic Team during his days with the Boilermakers while majoring in leadership studies. And then during his first stop in B.C. he was surrounded by key influencers who hammered home the importance of mental and physical preparation.

“I learned the game then from Coach Mark Washington, who is now the DC (defensive coordinator) in Hamilton. He taught me a lot,” said Johnson. “I came in as a SAM and blitzed a lot and we had one of the harder GMs in the league in Wally Buono. He was tough. I couldn’t make a lot of mistakes because I had Adam Bighill beside me and Solomon Elimimian on the other side of me. I had no choice but to understand the game.”

“Those guys brought me in to watch film, helped me study the ‘Waggle’, seeing the chip blocks and when they are bringing in the max protection. It was just a lot of little things about understanding the game and once you get that, the game starts to slow down for you. Now I can explain that to the younger kids and they can understand it.

“I would say my biggest strength is being a student of the game and understanding down and distance, the offence you’re playing against and doing your film work. You have to study tendencies, know their strengths, our weaknesses and where they might attack. It’s about doing your homework.”

That – the homework part – was critical in Johnson making his decision to come to Winnipeg. It didn’t hurt, too, to get some texts and calls from current Bombers before and after he had made his decision.

“I spoke with Winston Rose, with Nick Taylor,” Johnson explained. “Willie J (Jefferson) made the biggest push. He FaceTimed me and when I told him I was hitting free agency he said, ‘Man, you need to c’mon down to Winnipeg.’ He let me know he was going to come back to Winnipeg and once I heard that, that was enough for me.

“My boy Adam Bighill, we played in B.C. together and he shot me a text and he put a smile on my face because he said he’s so excited to be able to play with me again and see us flying around. Everyone has told me how much fun I’m going to have being a Blue Bomber.”

“So much goes into a decision like this. You have to know your style of game and how it might fit. You can’t just go to the money. Of course everyone wants to get paid, but sometimes you have to put yourself in the right system where you know you can be successful. I’ve seen so many guys excel in that system in Winnipeg.

“I’ve done my homework and seen the different types of defences they run. And then it’s the number of guys they’ve had in that program that have made plays and have been successful. Plus, they have so many weapons on offence with everybody coming back… I know they’ve lost 3-4 guys (to the NFL), but that just speaks of what they’re doing there.”

What Johnson wants now is to not only be a positive difference-maker for the Bombers in 2020, but to do enough to be wanted back. He’s bounced around the CFL during his days up here, the years sandwiched around a two-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016-17.

Now he’d like some stability, as much as there can be in this game.

“I hope I can have a good season and make some plays and then they think about extending me,” he said. “I want to find a place and call it my home for football. I want to find a stable home and say, ‘This is where I play.’ And I’d love it if that was in Winnipeg.”


Bombers sign linebacker Tobi Antigha

WINNIPEG, MB., February 12, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the signing of linebacker Tobi Antigha to a one-year contract. Antigha (6-2, 240, Presbyterian College) is a three-year Canadian Football League veteran with 46 career games played during his days with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2017-18) and Toronto Argonauts (2019). The 26-year-old product of...

WINNIPEG, MB., February 12, 2020 – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the signing of linebacker Tobi Antigha to a one-year contract.

Antigha (6-2, 240, Presbyterian College) is a three-year Canadian Football League veteran with 46 career games played during his days with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2017-18) and Toronto Argonauts (2019).

The 26-year-old product of Tampa, Fl. played in 11 games with the Argos last year, finishing with 20 tackles and two interceptions.

Antigha played in 35 games over two years with the Riders, registering 51 tackles, seven sacks and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. In 2017 he was named Saskatchewan’s Most Outstanding Rookie.

Antigha played his college ball with the Presbyterian College Blue Hose of the Big South Conference, lining up for four years as a receiver and finishing with 105 receptions in his junior and senior season.

He was converted to defensive end after flashing his athleticism at a Roughriders min-camp.


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