Biding his time

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

Mark Moroz figures his time will come with the Argos, be it this year, next year or somewhere further down the road.

The developing offensive lineman has not cracked the lineup for any of the Argos' first seven games this season after being picked fourth overall in the Canadian college draft last year.

It certainly hasn't been smooth sailing for the Wake Forest graduate since he signed with the Argos last July after a workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"It's frustrating, but it's something I've spoke to my coach about and spoke to the owners about," Moroz, 24, who dressed as a backup right guard for four games last season, said yesterday. "I understand my position and whether I can play scout team and give some reps to the defence, or whatever I can do to service this team, that's what's important to me."

"Jude (St. John) is ahead of me and guys like Mike Mihelic, Chad Folk, these guys have been in the league 10 years. I'm trying to come along and develop. For me to come in and beat a guy who has been doing it for 10 years, that's something huge. Perhaps it's something I'm not ready for."

Instead of sulking, the Welland native is trying to keep his head up. He hasn't thought about requesting a trade.

"I really have no desire to look anywhere else right now," Moroz said. "I'm really happy with the team and I think this is a great organization. We had (the team's) golf tournament (Monday) and (team president) Keith Pelley said the one thing this organization tries to do is be first class about everything. That's something they really are and I definitely want to be a part of this. If that means me kind of holding off for a few years and doing what I have to do and learning the system, it's worth the sacrifice."

FIRST-CLASS TRAVEL

With just three days between games again, the Argos this weekend will hop aboard a charter flight for the second time this season. The Argos play in Edmonton against the Eskimos Saturday night and will fly back to Toronto right after the game so they can practise Sunday in preparation for a home game Wednesday against the Calgary Stampeders. The Argos went 2-0 in the same time span earlier this year, beating the host Montreal Alouettes 36-24 on July 28 and the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers 34-27 on Aug. 1.

ON THE AIR

The CFL, the CBC, the Argos and the Eskimos will hold a conference call today to discuss broadcast plans for Saturday's game. The CBC's lockout of Canadian Media Guild employees has led to speculation that the game could be shown without audio play-by-play, but the CFL has voiced its opposition to that plan. Options include using the Eskimos or Argos radio feed for sound or transferring the game to another network -- perhaps Rogers Sportsnet, which could show the game after its coverage of the Rogers Cup tennis semi-final. TSN has a Blue Jays game that night.


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