Ticat QB confident he's in control

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

Quinton Porter has the football and does not intend to drop it.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have had about as much success with starting quarterbacks (Jason Maas, Casey Printers) in the recent years as Jim Balsillie has had in convincing Gary Bettman he's all right, but Porter doesn't want to hear about the past.

And this should sound right at home for fans in Steeltown: "I'm just a blue-collar guy from Boston College," Porter said during a telephone interview yesterday. "I'm not going to be out there dancing. I just want to play football."

Porter has been anointed the No. 1 quarterback for the Ticats, who devised a sound fall-back plan when they signed Kevin Glenn. But this is Porter's show, and after getting his feet wet as a starter last year, he is prepared for the full-time mantle.

"I've been ready for a while," Porter said. "I learned a little bit about myself last season. They know what I can do."

The Ticats have had the CFL basement to themselves each of the past three years but Porter thinks that can change.

"The talent looks great," Porter said. "There are eight teams in this league and I don't see why we can't make the playoffs."

Drop the gloves

The Argos signed offensive linemen Rob Murphy and Dominic Picard in the off-season to add some nastiness, and during the club's first scrimmage drill with live tackling yesterday, that's what they got.

Picard was in the middle of the action as several players got their mitts up during a post-whistle skirmish.

"You hate to see guys fight, but you know they are competing," coach Bart Andrus said. "Every training camp I have been in at the pro level, (a scrap) usually happens sooner than this."

Briefly

Of the Argos' injured players, nose tackle Adriano Belli (pelvis) is closest to returning. Defensive end Jonathan Brown has a disc problem in his back but Andrus said the injury is not severe ... The Argos are trying to sign running back Amos Allen ... The Ticats signed defensive back Cody Williams and placed wide receiver Willie Quinnie on the nine-game injured list.


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