Ex-Argo Dewitt plugs Ticats O-line

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

HAMILTON - His next win will equal the combined win total during his two-year run in Toronto.

His next start could very well be his last as veteran Marwan Hage (knee) inches closer to returning from injury.

But for Mark Dewitt, it’s business as usual, trying to get better each day in practice, hoping to contribute to the Ticats on game day.

“The Ticats have always been told that I was part of their future and it’s nice to show it,’’ said Dewitt, a backup offensive lineman who has been starting at centre.

For Dewitt and Hamilton’s O-line, it was a near-flawless game in Moncton, N.B., where Hamilton yielded one sack.

The challenge is now the Argos’ front four, which had its finest game in a must-win scenario over Winnipeg last Saturday.

Dewitt, who played under former Argo coaches Rich Stubler, Don Matthews and Bart Andrus, made his return to Rogers Centre during the pre-season, but realizes the stakes are much higher when Hamilton visits Toronto this Saturday.

“They’re (Argos) one of the better front fours in the league, absolutely,’’ Dewitt added. “But we have the ability to control them. If we want to win, it’s going to start with us.”

When a new regime was put in place last season in Toronto, Dewitt wasn’t part of it.

Dewitt recalls getting into his car with his dad as the drive back to Calgary beckoned.

“We were eight hours from Calgary when the phone rang,’’ Dewitt said. “It was Obie (Ticats GM Bob O’Billovich). “They wanted to sign me. Ten hours after making it to Calgary, I was on a plane heading to Hamilton.

“It was a round-about way to get to Hamilton from Toronto, but I was grateful for the opportunity.”


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