Argos give QB (long) shot

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Canadian quarterback Tommy Denison knows where he stands at Argos training camp.

"I probably have as good a shot (at making the team) as getting a hole-in-one or getting struck by lightning," the Queen's graduate said before arriving in Argoland yesterday.

Denison, who will take part in his first practice today, will be the fourth quarterback in camp. The main purpose of bringing him in is to spread out the reps.

With Michael Bishop suspended and contemplating not returning, the Argos wanted another quarterback to ease the workload of starter Damon Allen and rookies Scott Covington and Charles Peterson.

"Just for an arm," vice-president of football operations Adam Rita said when asked why the Argos are bringing in Denison. "Our quarterbacks' arms are getting pretty tired right now and we need an arm in here right away."

When asked if Denison has any shot of making the team, Rita said, "You never know."

REALISTICALLY

But realistically, Denison is a huge long shot. Denison, a two-time Hec Crighton Trophy winner as the top university football player in Canada, attended training camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last year before he was released and signed by the Calgary Stampeders. He dressed as the third-stringer for a few games, but eventually was relegated to the practice roster and became a free agent during the off-season.

"You just have to roll with the punches," Denison said. "They brought me here and are giving me a chance to throw and I'm just going to put my faith out there and see what happens."

Denison spent a couple of weeks this spring with the Albany Conquest of the Arena Football League's second division and also worked out with some CFLers in Hamilton. Recently, he has been helping coach a junior football team in Ottawa.

"You never know how the ball is going to bounce," Denison said. "Every day is an opportunity, every day is a chance. It's just going to be a fun time for me."


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