Argo a big dreamer

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

Terrence Edwards is determined to put to rest the stereotype size does matter.

At least when it comes to football.

Edwards is the most celebrated receiver in the history of the University of Georgia and one of the most accomplished in the Southeastern Conference. He holds the SEC record for career receiving yards with 3,093 and is second with 204 receptions and second with 30 touchdowns.

Yet for his all he did in university, Edwards went through the 2003 National Football League draft without being selected -- although he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons and played six games as a rookie. He suffered a torn groin in his second season and was placed on injured reserve and subsquently released.

"God blessed me with the ability to play any sport, but I'm 6-foot-1 and 182 pounds and in the NFL that's not the thing right now," Edwards said yesterday following a break in practice during the Argos training camp.

"They're looking for guys 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds who can run 4.3 (seconds in the 40-yard dash). I don't particularly think they're looking at production."

Two former receiving teammates -- Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson -- were selected in the 2005 NFL draft. Brown went to Philadelphia in the second round and Gibson to Pittsburgh in the third.

"Stats-wise, they didn't do as well as I did, but they are bigger than me," he said.

"That's the way it is."

Edwards' biggest challenge with the Argos will be trying to find a place in the receiving corps, which appears to be set. He currently is receiving a healthy does of reps at the inside slotback position on the wide side of the field because incumbent veteran Arland Bruce has a minor leg injury.

"My first game as a freshman a guy got hurt and I didn't know I was going to start until right before the game. I went out and had 10 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns and didn't look back," he said.

"I'm just looking for an opportunity and when I get it I'm going to take advantage of it. My production in college speaks for itself. But they take other guys (in the NFL) because they're bigger, faster and maybe stronger. They don't look at production."

ARGO NOTES

Edwards' brother, Robert, a former first-round NFL pick who had his career impacted by a freak knee injury, is trying out with the Montreal Alouettes at running back, but ex-Argo Michael Jenkins is the front-runner ... Wideout Andre Talbot is lighting it up with big catches ... Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley, who played for the Argos in 1997-98 and then played with the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins of the NFL, is being wooed by B.C. and Calgary. He will work out with the Lions today.


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