CFL a field of dreams for Titus

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

Titus Ryan surveys the vast expanse of turf at McMahon Stadium and flashes a toothy grin.

"There's a lot of room to run. A lot of room to run," he said. "Whether it's vertically or horizontally, I've got a lot of space out here."

Running, it's worth noting, is what Ryan does best.

One of several import receivers battling to earn a job with the Stamps, the former sprinting standout is banking on his wheels to set him apart from the rest of the hopefuls. The 25-year-old has never taken a snap in the professional ranks and played at little-known Concordia College, but Ryan boasts the kind of speed that'll leave even the most pessimistic football scout dreaming of the possibilities.

He owns the Alabama high-school state record in the 100-metre dash with a standard of 10.44 seconds and set a personal-best 10.38 while attending Wallace State-Hanceville Community College.

"I'm just blessed with speed, so I try to use it to my advantage every day," he said.

After brief practice roster stints with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, Ryan is hoping to find a permanent home in the CFL, where the size of the field and rules about motion before the line of scrimmage give the fleet of foot a distinct advantage.


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