Argos set to test Crouch

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Eric Crouch is ready to test his arm in his latest shot as a professional quarterback.

The University of Nebraska product, who won the 2001 Heisman Trophy as the top U.S. collegiate player, is scheduled to be in Toronto next week to work out for the Argos, who hold his Canadian Football League rights.

Crouch really hasn't had a chance to fully develop as a quarterback since beginning his professional odyssey with the St. Louis Rams in 2002. He has been tried out as a receiver, punt returner and safety, his last opportunity as a quarterback with the Green Bay Packers in 2003.

While Crouch has a business and a family, he hasn't given up his desire to be a pro quarterback.

"The fact of the matter is very simple: I feel like I can still do it," he said yesterday from Nebraska. "There's passion for it. There is some gas left in the tank."

If successful in his workout and subsequent development, the 27-year-old could become the heir apparent to 42-year-old Damon Allen, who is pegged to be the Argos starter for the fourth consecutive season. Michael Bishop, Allen's backup since 2003, is currently playing in the Arena League with Chicago and there is no assurance he will want to return to the Argos.

Crouch has been facing prejudices against his skills since graduating from high school. He was heavily recruited for university, but only Nebraska wanted him as a quarterback. And even though he succeeded, the NFL knocked his size and arm strength.

There long has been a belief the CFL is tailor-made to Crouch's skills, and that he should excel on the bigger field. He has been compared to Doug Flutie.

"Everyone has been asking me (if this is his last stop professionally)," he said. "I don't know how many last shots I can get. I do not feel like this is my last shot."


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