Battlelines heat up for boatmen

ROB LONGLEY

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Beyond the celebrated quarterback battle, the Argos coaching staff will be paying close attention to a number of positional tussles today. Among them:

DEFENSIVE BACK

Much has been made of the signing of former NFLer Anthony Dorsett Jr., but coach Michael Clemons intimated yesterday that a pair of newcomers, Willie Pile and Adrian Mayes, have made stronger impressios. Clemons said that Dorsett, son of Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, is a great physical specimen but needs three-down experience.

"He's a clump of muscles," Clemons said. "He has a real fresh approach. He isn't a son of a legend who has expectations, he has come here to play football."

Mayes is a nice fit with the Argos defensive scheme in that he can be shuffled into linebacker duty as well.

RECEIVER

Rookie Bryan Pray is listed at 5-foot-7, but that's at least two inches too generous. He looks and acts a lot like his coach.

"He's much better looking than (me)," Clemons joked about the speedster from Pittsburgh State, who should get a chance to return kicks today. "He made everybody look. He's already got our attention, if he can put that an exclamation point on that ... he has a real shot."

So, too, do Michael Washington and Todd Devoe, who have both impressed.

OFFENSIVE LINE

At left tackle, CFL newcomers Glenn January and Woodly Telfort each have a shot at earning positions.

RUNNING BACK

John Avery is expected to be the man, but among camp contenders, Americans Jamel White and Josh Davis get their shot at impressing today.

He's still raw, but rookie and former York star Andre Durie could squeeze his way on to the roster.


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