Wynn-ing combo?

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

As the understudy-in-waiting, Spergeon Wynn knows his role, has accepted it and is now poised to follow Damon Allen when called upon.

Barring something completely dramatic, Wynn will begin his fifth CFL season as Allen's backup when the Argos kickoff their regular season next Saturday.

For tomorrow night's pre-season finale in Hamilton, Allen, the Argos' incumbent and the CFL's reigning most outstanding player, and Wynn are expected to take most of the snaps against the Tiger-Cats at appropriately named Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Wynn finds himself in a familiar position as a team's second-stringer, but in a different offensive system.

By his recollection, Wynn has been exposed to seven offensive schemes in a career that spans three leagues and six teams.

As Wynn pointed out yesterday following practice, there are only so many route combinations any offensive co-ordinator, no matter how creative or radical, can conjure in a football playbook.

Almost from the moment he joined the Argos in an off-season trade from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Wynn knew there was something unique about Kent Austin's style.

"Coach Austin's offence attacks the defence in such a way that is unlike any other," Wynn said. "Learning the offence requires quite a bit of extra work. Let's put it this way: Once you learn this offence, any other offence is easy."

The backup job is Wynn's to lose and, to his credit, Wynn refuses to lose sight of his role.

Wynn has the pocket presence, arm strength, mental toughness and football IQ to do well. What he needs is time to learn the nuances of Austin's system.

When the games count in the standings, Wynn will be taking fewer snaps in practice with the first unit, meaning tomorrow's tilt brings added meaning.

"Spergeon has both the tangibles and intangibles," Argos head coach Pinball Clemons said. "What he doesn't have right now is experience under our system.

"Eventually, he wants to take over that No. 1 spot. It's imperative he grows, works hard and we feel we have a guy who will exercise that diligence from everything we've seen."

Wynn has developed a friendship with Allen and views him as a tutor. Austin, obviously, has helped in the learning curve.

"The system is very quarterback-oriented," the 6-foot-3 Wynn said. "Once you learn all the nuances, it's very potent. As a quarterback you need to know exactly where the guys are supposed to be in the right time they're supposed to be there. That's the hardest part."


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