Segin puts sales on backburner

DEAN McNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Dana Segin was on his way to his sales rep job at Canadian Liquid Air yesterday when he got a call from the Argos.

Was he interested in trying out as a replacement for injured all-star kicker Noel Prefontaine?

Segin, a 34-year-old Oakville native who last kicked in the CFL four years ago, was interested, but he had to phone his boss first.

"I was on my way to a sales meeting," Segin said. "I phoned my boss for time off. Obviously they know that if I get the opportunity it will be just temporary."

Segin's efforts yesterday at the team's practice facility in Oakville impressed Argos coach Pinball Clemons enough that Segin will be kept around for tomorrow's game against Saskatchewan at the Rogers Centre.

"We'll have him at full practice (today)," Clemons said. "He did well (yesterday)."

It's not the first time Segin has had to perform on short notice.

In 2002, he was summoned from the stands of Ivor Wynne Stadium to serve as an emergency replacement for injured Ticats kicker Paul Osbaldiston.

Segin was more than up to the task that day, making field goals from 22, 12, 27, 22 and 20 yards to lead the Ticats to a 29-26 win over the Montreal Alouettes.

Segin, who played football at St. Mary's before graduating in 1995, said that between his stints in the CFL he has been coaching minor league football in Oakville just to keep his toe in the business.

"Hey, you never know when you might get that call," he said.

Segin is not a complete stranger to the team, having played his college football as a teammate of Argos defensive tackle Noah Cantor.

Prefontaine, meanwhile, continues to nurse a sore right leg and may not be able to dress for tomorrow's game.

"The leg is still a little sore," Prefontaine said yesterday.

"Not too many days rest on it with us going (tomorrow). It will be a game-time decision."

Clemons agreed that he will wait until game time to put his kicking game in place.

"He'll (Prefontaine) be on the reserve roster," Clemons said. "That way we'll have the option to play him if we think he's ready."

Also standing by is special teams player Chris Hardy, who handled most of the kicking duties during yesterday's practice and will fill in if necessary, Clemons said.

ARGOS NOTES

Running back John Avery resumed practising yesterday after resting an injured ankle. Clemons said he expects Avery to start tomorrow against Saskatchewan ... Arland Bruce, the Argos' premier receiver took a day off yesterday but will be back today.


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