Happy returns for Argos?

Argos head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons shows his dedication to his team and his sport, not to...

Argos head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons shows his dedication to his team and his sport, not to mention his wife Diane, by ignoring the young female volleyball players behind him and concentrating on practice Tuesday. (Toronto Sun/Michael Peake)

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

The questions persist at a time when no discernible answers exist.

Bashir Levingston and Keith Stokes are two prime-time returners who, for the record, are being asked to share the marquee at Argo training camp.

Both players have earned considerable acclaim for their ability to create instant field position.

When it comes to special teams, they don't come any more special in the CFL than Levingston and Stokes.

And yet, Levingston often wonders aloud and in private how two legitimate returners can co-exist on one team.

"We'll see," Levingston said as training camp and the special-teams debate continue. "I don't see exactly how (the Argos) are going to do it. Your guess is as good as mine."

Levingston emerged as the CFL's premier returner in 2003 when he was voted the league's top special-teams player.

Stokes earned the same league honour in 2004 when he set a Winnipeg Blue Bombers record by returning for punts for touchdowns.

Stokes was a heralded free-agent signing by the Argos this past off-season and Levingston quickly started to ask the obvious query.

"Can you have two returners? I guess you could as long as both are getting the ball," Levingston said. "Neither one of us is going to like if we're not playing. We'll see."

Training camp is a time of constant evaluation.

Stokes, who is nursing a shoulder ailment, offers versatility in that he can play slotback and is coming off a career year in receptions (58) and yards (832).

Levingston has shown his worth during his four-year tenure in Double Blue and believes he has nothing to prove.

The knock on Levingston, though, is that he's prone to run east/west when the more prudent route is to run north.

He again is trying to hone his game in the defensive secondary, but his primary purpose and worth is as a returner.

With players such as Arland Bruce III and Tony Miles capable of returning punts or kickoffs, there were whispers the Argos were shopping Levingston when Stokes was acquired on Feb. 20.

One of the interested teams, it has been speculated, was Hamilton, but it's doubtful the Argos would assist their long-time rivals and division foes.

All this leaves Levingston wondering.

"I've been dominating since I've been in this league," he said. "What do I have to prove? I've proven what I could do. Whether they (Argos) feel that way, I don't know."

CFL rosters must be reduced to 46 this Saturday. The Argos are in that precarious position where they are loaded in running backs, receivers and returners.

The team needs depth on the offensive line, and has to establish a shut-down corner to replace retired veteran Adrion Smith and figure out which non-import gets to start.

THE POINT AFTER

The Argos' Stop the Violence Campaign has organized a two-kilometre walk beginning and ending at Nathan Phillips Square on June 18 (1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.). Players, coach Pinball Clemons and several entertainment acts will help raise funds in the team's ongoing effort to curb violence.


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