QB issues loom for Argos

STEVEN SANDOR -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Going into this Friday's second and final game of the CFL preseason, the Argos have a quarterbacking dilemma on their hands.

No doubt, veteran Damon Allen, the league's Most Outstanding Player in 2005, will be ready for opening day. But the performances of back-ups Eric Crouch and Spergon Wynn may have Argo fans hoping Allen plays every down this season.

With all the hoopla over Ricky Williams' debut as an Argo in Friday's 31-3 exhibition loss to Hamilton, almost lost in the shuffle was the performance of the quarterbacks.

In his quarter running the offence, Wynn had just one completion for eight yards, and threw an interception that set up an easy Hamilton touchdown. In his quarter, Crouch, like Williams, a former Heisman Trophy winner, had just one completion for seven yards.

Going into this Friday's preseason game, coach Mike "Pinball" Clemons knows he has to give Allen the lion's share of the snaps, so he will be ready to run the offence on opening day. But, it's clear that Wynn and Crouch need a lot more reps -- which they won't likely get this week.

"We don't like to evaluate from the sidelines," said a cautious Clemons. "When we look at film, it often tells a much different story."

Clemons said it's hard to judge players in a game where he has to give all hopefuls playing time -- which didn't allow any player, including the quarterbacks, to get into a rhythm.

"It's an unfair representation of where an offence is," he said.


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