Eiben hitting the right spots

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

He's on pace to break the record he set last year for defensive tackles, but Argos linebacker Kevin Eiben just wants to tackle the Montreal Alouettes right now.

Eiben has 96 defensive tackles and only is 14 shy of the record he set last year for Canadian players. He's averaging more than six tackles per game with three game remaining.

He has an outside shot to break the league record of 129 -- set by Calvin Tiggle when he played for the Argos in 1994 -- but he would have to register 11 per game.

Eiben said the number of tackles he'll get will be predicated on which direction the opposing offence is going.

"If they're running my way I can get 10 easy. If they're going away from me, my teammates are going to make the tackle and I'm there to back up if there's anyone that misses," he said yesterday. "That's a nice little record, but all that's important is getting to the playoffs -- and this is an important game."

Eiben is referring to Saturday's game in Montreal against the Alouettes at Olympic Stadium. The winning team will claim the season series and take a two-point lead in the East with two games to go after that.

The game is expected to draw a sold-out crowd of some 60,000 people, almost three times the capacity for at Molson Stadium.

"Football players like playing with a big crowd," Eiben said. "It's going to be noisy. It's going to get us all excited and get us hyped up to play the game."

The Argos practised indoors yesterday at a facility in Oakville because of the wind conditions, but also used piped-in noise to simulate what will happen on Saturday. The Argos are going to have to use a silent snap count for the most part to combat the crowd noise.

Argos eye Crouch again

Quarterback Eric Crouch could be factoring into the Argos' plans again. A source close to Crouch said the 2001 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of the University of Nebraska could be coming to Toronto before the end of the month for a workout. The 26-year-old came to Toronto last year to meet with the team, see the city and watch a game.

He has had a peripatetic pro career in both the NFL and NFL Europe, but has never been able to make it.


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