Second chance for Flemons

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

One minute he was preparing to purchase academic textbooks, only to find himself getting re-acquainted with football's playbook.

Life as a football player has taught Ronald Flemons many lessons, perhaps the most important being an ability to adjust on the run.

A final training camp casualty by the Argos, Flemons has resurfaced in Double Blue, hoping to inject some enthusiasm into a team riddled with injuries.

"It's just exciting to play football again," Flemons said yesterday. "I feel fresh and I've felt pretty good in practice, but I know it's not the same speed playing in a game."

Barring an injury, which wouldn't surprise anyone in Argoland given the team's recent spate, Flemons will line up at defensive end for Saturday's game in Regina.

Incumbent Eric England hurt his leg during practice this week, while backup Isaac Hilton, who essentially beat out Flemons for the third import spot on the defensive line, has left the team for personal reasons.

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Flemons has practised with the first unit since he was summoned from his home in San Antonio.

Flemons has NFL experience and was told by the Argos to be ready just in case they needed a healthy body.

While several teams asked about his availability, Flemons figured his time would be better spent getting ready to attend fall classes with the hope of completing his degree in agriculture, a field he embraced at Texas A&M.

"But when the Argos called, I was eager to return," the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Flemons said. "I know the basic terminology, but the schemes change week to week."

Assistant general manager Greg Mohns has followed Flemons' career and has always been impressed with Flemons' body type.

"He has an explosive first step," Mohns said. "For a tall guy, he plays with exceptional leverage. He has a great motor and can run sideline to sideline."


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