Love at first throw

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Less than week into training camp, Eric Crouch already is singing the praises of the Argos and the CFL.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, who spent the past four years bouncing around the NFL in terms of teams and positions, seems like a kid in a candy store on the wider field.

I've enjoyed being here more than I've enjoyed being anywhere else," Crouch said yesterday.

"What I like about (coach Pinball Clemons') philosophy is that it's family oriented. This team is a family. The way you treat people is how they will treat you in return. I think it's a great philosophy. It gets people to pull together, like people in families do."

The 6-foot-1 Crouch, who had stints with the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs before signing with the Argos in February, is taking third-string reps at quarterback behind starter Damon Allen and Spergon Wynn. Crouch, who had seen a grand total of one live CFL football game before joining the Argos, acknowledges he needs time to adjust to the new game.

"My head would probably be spinning a little bit if the (first) game was tomorrow," said the personable Crouch, who will not play his first game until next Friday at the Rogers Centre when the Argos open the pre-season against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I'd still be competitive and want to win the football game. The whole key is to put points on the board."

That's something Crouch knows how to do, as evidenced by his 2001 Heisman season at Nebraska.

"There's a lot for me to learn," Crouch said. "I'm not going to kid myself ... It took me about four, five days to really get adjusted to the motion. It just takes a little bit of time.

"But it's a huge advantage for our receivers, it's an offensive game. That's what I love about it."


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