Azzi still dreams of being QB

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

David Azzi always wondered, during his days playing minor football in Ottawa, what it would be like to call the signals as quarterback of a pro team.

As far-fetched as that scenario might seem to anybody this side of Jesse Palmer, Azzi is actually not be too far away from being thrown into action as QB of the Renegades.

THIRD STRINGER

With Kerry Joseph and Darnell Kennedy on the shelf with season-ending injuries, Azzi has taken the third spot on the Renegades' depth chart behind Brad Banks, who'll start Saturday's game in Montreal at the Big O, and Tyler Paopao.

With the way Renegades quarterbacks have been dropping like leaves in the Gatineaus, his shot might come sooner rather than never.

"Hopefully, Brad and Tyler will stay healthy and it won't come down to me playing," said Azzi, the former Gee-Gees star pivot yesterday.

"But at the same time, I'll be prepared well enough. I'm not saying that I'll make something dramatic happen, but I'm confident that I could get through the game and not put the team in an embarrassing situation."

The 23-year-old CFL rookie has caught four passes this year, including one for a touchdown in Regina last month, but -- in case of emergency -- has been attending quarterback meetings throughout the season to learn from the other pivots and QB/receivers coach Tommy Condell.

"It's always been No. 1 in my heart playing quarterback, and I've always maintained that I want to play quarterback in the CFL," said Azzi. "Growing up, that was my goal. It would probably be the highlight of my career being able to take a few professional snaps."

Azzi played the position throughout his minor football years in Ottawa before leaving for Bowling Green State University, where he competed for the No. 2 QB spot on a team using a two-quarterback system.

He returned to Ottawa and played for the Gee-Gees in 2001, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 22 TDs.

Azzi split between QB and receiver the following season and was used primarily as a receiver last year.

"I've always maintained that (Canadians) can play quarterback," he said. "If you have goals and you pursue them, anything's possible."

SCOURAS LIKELY TO KICK: K Demitris Scouras could get a chance to kick for the Renegades again when the team plays Saturday in Montreal. Paopao said the team will decide today whether to go with import Brian Holmes, who has handled the kicking chores during the last two games, or Scouras, a 32-year-old Winnipeg native who delivered the Renegades' franchise-opening kickoff in 2002. It's likely Scouras will get the nod, enabling the Renegades to activate an American at another position.


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