Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign kicker Marc Orozco, two others

Photo courtesy: Albany Empire

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added more competition at the kicker position, signing Marc Orozco.

The five-foot-nine, 170-pound kicker from Denton, Texas played two seasons with the Albany Empire of the National Arena League following a five-year collegiate career at Grambling State.

The 27-year-old made 51-of-58 field goal attempts in college along with 96.8 percent of his converts. He was named first-team All-Southwest Athletic Conference as a redshirt junior in 2017.

The move came one day after Winnipeg added Australian punter Jamieson Sheahan and Bermudian punter Karl Schmitz in the CFL’s Global Draft. Other additions made this off-season include Canadian Chris MacLean and Americans Chandler Staton and Devin Anctil.

General manager Kyle Walters has previously indicated that he wanted to provide more competition in training camp for incumbent specialist Marc Liegghio and the club certainly has done so.

The 26-year-old out of Western University connected on 32-of-39 field goals this past season for an 82.1 percent average, though a potential game-winner in the Grey Cup was blocked after the trajectory of the ball appeared low.

The Blue Bombers also signed Canadian linebacker Robbie Lowes and American offensive lineman Chris Ivy.

Lowes was a fourth round selection in the 2021 CFL Draft who played two games for the club in 2021. He suffered a season-ending injury during training camp in 2022, at which point he was released by the club.

The six-foot-one, 205-pound defender made 41 total tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles, and two blocked kicks during the 2019 season as a member of the University of Regina Rams.

Ivy played three games with the Tulsa Oilers of the Indoor Football League this past season. Prior to that, the six-foot-three, 296-pound blocker played 35 games over three years at the University of Tulsa from 2017 to 2019.