VIDEO: Western grad, Bombers’ draft pick Marc Liegghio kicks 70-yard field goal

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Canadian kicker Marc Liegghio, a fifth-round CFL draft pick of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, recently kicked an astonishing 70-yard field goal while training for the (potential) upcoming CFL season.

Liegghio was a late-round steal for Winnipeg’s football club. He holds the U Sports record for most field goals made all-time in a single career. The Western University product has drawn comparisons to Lirim Hajrullahu, given they attended the same school and perform all three kicking duties.

“He’s about where Lirim (Hajrullahu) was coming out of school. He won’t do all three jobs as a rookie, but he could do them eventually,” said a CFL scout prior to the Canadian talent grab.

One could argue that Liegghio is the CFL’s best kicking prospect of the last five years. Liegghio was named a first-team U Sports All-Canadian at placekicker and punter in 2019, a testament to his versatility.

Kickers who can perform all three duties — field goals, punts, and kickoffs — are highly sought-after at all levels of football. The CFL is no exception, though the player is of extra value if they also carry a Canadian passport.

Current Bombers kicker and punter Justin Medlock isn’t going to kick forever and Liegghio is the perfect heir apparent.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.