Hopes sent to Printers

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HAMILTON -- As the man under centre, Casey Printers is under the microscope. More than any player, the hopes of the Ticats rest with Printers. In a quarterback league, Printers is considered one of the CFL's best.

In 2004 when he played in B.C., Printers was chosen the league's most outstanding player. Following a frustrating foray into the NFL, Printers returned to three-down football last year and joined Hamilton late in the season.

With no training camp under his belt and no time to adjust to his new surroundings, Printers was a shadow of his former self.

"It was tough when I came up last year," Printers said. In eight games with the Ticats, Printers completed 68 of 133 passes for 774 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

The Ticats will be asking for much more this season and Printers believes he's in a better position to deliver.

When he looks around on offence, Printers sees playmakers and players willing to make sacrifices.

"At the end of the day, I want us to be an attacking team," Printers said.

"We're going to be flying around and develop a personality where we leave everything out on the field."

So much of Printers' effectiveness is based on his ability to elude a pass rush and attack a defence's perimeter.

Printers can be productive in the pocket, but his running ability puts added pressure on defences.

"We need Casey to be the outstanding player he was and can be," O'Billovich said.

O'Billovich was in charge of player personnel with the Lions in 2004 when Printers established himself as an elite player.

O'Billovich knows the Ticats will go only as far as Printers takes them. One of the first order of business O'Billovich initiated when he took over football operations in Hamilton was to provide head coach Charlie Taaffe with quality co-ordinators.

On offence, O'Billovich turned to Marcel Bellefeuille, who is known as a meticulous, detailed-oriented assistant.

But no matter who was installed, it is up to Printers to point the Ticats in the right direction.

At least now he feels more comfortable.


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