Newcomers get chance to shine

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

There's a chance for some first-year Argo players to make a second impression to become starters.

Some players who showed well in the team's 16-16 pre-season tie against Hamilton last Saturday in Halifax will get a second opportunity tonight when the two teams play at the Tiger-Cats' home field, Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"This game will sort of hopefully affirm things for us, but we certainly see challenges in a couple of places and we'll see how it manifests itself," head coach Pinball Clemons said yesterday.

Jerome Davis, who played parts of the past three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, has played solidly and is pushing for one of the starting offensive tackle jobs held by veterans Bernard Williams, who mans the left side, and John Feugill on the right side. Davis has been lining up principally on the right side.

Marvin Godbolt, a first-year pro from Texas Christian who played well in the first game, is battling for the weakside linebacker spot held by veteran Mike Fletcher.

Cornerback Byron Parker, a raw prospect who attended the Jacksonville Jaguars' training camp last year after graduating from Tulane, has been impressive so far. He is considered an heir apparent to veteran Adrion Smith.

Scott Covington and Charlie Peterson are battling for the third-string quarterback. Both rookies will play tonight along with projected starter Damon Allen and backup Michael Bishop.

"Obviously Michael Bishop could use a little extra time (after missing the first game) and D.A. wasn't as sharp as we'd like him to be," Clemons said. "He could use some time. The two young guys will benefit greatly because there's a decision to be made there."


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