Spending as much time in the pool as he does, rarely does Obed Cetoute find himself beyond his depth.
But the learning curve just got a little sharper for the Argonauts receiver, a 24-year-old native of Montreal.
Cetoute caught a pair of passes in Toronto's 48-15 thrashing of the Calgary Stampeders last week. He should see significantly more action this week, given the health of the Argos' receiving corps.
Tony Miles was a mid-week casualty as he strained a leg muscle during practice. While head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons isn't ruling Miles out for the return match in Calgary tomorrow, his chances of playing would appear slim.
"I hesitate to say he won't play but I will say that things would have to change a little bit between now and (today) if he is to play," Clemons said.
The concern is twofold for Clemons.
The Argos are looking at another short week of practice with a game next Thursday against Montreal at the Rogers Centre. That and the travel back and forth to Calgary could mean more long-term damage in the end.
The rangy but athletic Cetoute is willing and ready should the opportunity arise. Clemons said even if Miles does play, Cetoute would still see more action than he has in the past.
A native of Montreal who was born to Haitian parents, Cetoute spent a good part of his childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He played his college ball at Central Michigan and came to the Argos as their fourth-round selection in the 2006 draft. He didn't sign with the team until just before training camp this past May and then made an immediate impression on Clemons.
"He just came in and he's one of those guys that makes you say: 'I don't know if this guy ever was a rookie,' " Clemons said.
"He came in right away and felt at home. He came in right away and said: 'You know what, I can physically match up here.' He came in right away and started catching balls and turning people's heads and did a lot of good things. We're excited about him and what he can do and now he gets his first opportunity to be centre stage."
Offensive coordinator Steve Buratto also saw the circus catches and aggressive manner in which Cetoute runs his routes and was duly impressed. He also saw Cetoute drop a number of catchable balls and would like to see that improve.
Still, the consensus among the coaches is that Cetoute is rounding into form nicely and the timing couldn't be better.
Miles' injury is one that could keep him out longer than just the one game. Arland Bruce, while he is still expected to play tomorrow, sat out practice both Wednesday and yesterday nursing an undisclosed ailment.
Cetoute says if this is in fact his time, he's ready for it.
"I spent a lot of time watching film trying to get an edge," he said. "I'm watching the veterans, how they're playing, how they're practising. I'm doing the same things I've always done, just pushing a little harder."
The swimming is such a part of his routine from high school -- when he played water polo -- that he always makes time to get in the water.
"I have to swim at least twice a week just to make my body feel right," he said.
Having put on weight to deal with the rigours of a football season, water polo no longer is an option, but a more prominent role in the Argos offence would fill that void nicely.