Mark Dewit better get accustomed to being a target at McMahon Stadium.
The Calgary-bred offensive lineman was plucked by the Toronto Argonauts in Wednesday's CFL draft, meaning the Stampede City could soon become enemy territory.
As Dewit found out at the Dinos' three-day spring camp, which wrapped up with the annual Red-White scrimmage yesterday, his own teammates have already turned up the heat.
"Oh, for sure," Dewit said. "I know guys are just trying to beat me so they can beat the guy who is going to the CFL, so it's pretty tough."
Dewit, who stands 6-ft.-3 and tips the scales at 295 lb., will jet to Toronto for training camp at the end of the month, where he'll try to convince Argos brass he's ready to make the jump to the pro ranks.
If they decide he could use a bit more grooming, he'll be back for another season in red and white. That'd be good news for the Dinos, who've already lost a pair of veteran offensive linemen and are likely counting on the Bishop Carroll grad to stabilize the five-man unit.
That's just fine by Dewit, who was a captain last season and considers himself a natural leader.
"I've always been a coach, and all my previous coaches say I'm another coach on the field," he said, adding his vocal presence takes pressure off his battery-mates.
"It brings everyone up to speed so they'll know what their assignment is on every play and they don't have to worry about the mental aspect as much. I'm going make the calls, so it helps everybody out, for sure."
Dinos offensive line coach Rohn Meyer, who split his CFL career between the Stamps and the Boatmen, wishes Dewit a long and successful pro career, but wouldn't mind seeing him back at the Calgary campus for one more season.
"On the offensive line, you've got five guys that need to work together and you need one guy to communicate, to make sure everyone is doing the right thing and everyone is on the same page," Meyer said. "Anytime you're missing a guy like that, it definitely impacts the way the offence performs, so having Mark around being the general on the field, it makes a big difference."\