Clemons scours footage for tips

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

While Calgary will have its hands full facing Toronto tonight, Argos head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons is also posed with a problem.

Just what are these new-look, revamped, overhauled and re-tooled Stampeders all about?

For those answers, Clemons and his staff have scoured the sketchy pre-season film while assuming they'll witness tonight many of the same habits and tendencies the new Stampeders exhibited elsewhere in the past.

"We've been trying to take the collection of pre-season film, the habits of the coaches and take a look at some of the new players," Clemons said yesterday, noting Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins and offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto have left a lasting thumbprint throughout the CFL.

"Of course, we've seen (Jeremaine) Copeland many times in Montreal, more times than we'd like to admit, and so we try to take the habits of players like (Henry) Burris and Copeland. Then take that with the film we have and past habits of the coaches. I think that's the way we can do it but it is a tough thing to balance."

Clemons also has second-year running back John Avery at his disposal tonight after missing Week 1 with a groin injury.

Avery scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the Argos' first game against Calgary last season before leading the team in receptions in the second encounter.

"We obviously would like to run the ball more with John Avery in the lineup," Clemons said.

"Whether Calgary allows us to do that or not, based on how they're playing defence and what they're trying to take away, we don't know."

Avery replaces Hakim Hill, who ran the ball seven times for 39 yards against B.C. last week.

The Argos are also without veteran linebacker Antonious Bonner, who suffered a back injury last week against B.C., and will be replaced by relative unknown Marvin Godbolt.

Quarterback Damon Allen, who bruised his non-throwing hand last week, is expected to start.

"We have to understand that teams may be a little more prepared for us than they may have been in the past, being Grey Cup champions," Clemons said.


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