Windsor receiver surpassing all expectations

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Fitting that a geography major would have no trouble finding his way around the football field at his first CFL training camp.

And with each catch he makes, receiver Tyler Scott continues to mark his territory with the Argos.

"Huge surprise," head coach Rich Stubler said after practice yesterday at the University of Toronto's Erindale campus in Mississauga. "I really like him. He has done some things I did not think he could do."

Scott, who seems to have gathered in every ball thrown his way in the past 2 1/2 weeks, was not supposed to be turning heads. The Windsor native was chosen by Toronto in the sixth round of the CFL draft and presumably was headed back to the University of Western Ontario, a year away from a geography degree with an eye toward teacher's college.

Though the 22-year-old Scott still could wind up back with the Mustangs, it's going to be difficult for Stubler and Co. to justify cutting him if he plays well in the Argos' pre-season finale against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night at the Rogers Centre.

"When you come into camp, you expect to do your best, but I felt like I have gone over my expectations," Scott said. "I just wanted to take everything in, but it has been a great experience. I wasn't even sure I was going to get drafted."

What makes Scott's play more eye-opening is that he did not touch the ball for the Mustangs last year other than in practice. Scott sat out the 2007 season after transferring from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Mich.

The Argos watched the 6-foot-2, 186-pound Scott briefly in practice one day last fall, and then had another look at the league's evaluation camp in March when another receiver pulled out. One more audition in April at Western made the Argos consider picking Scott if he fell into the team's draft plans.

"We saw a guy who had some size and looked to have some decent movement skill," assistant general manager Greg Mohns said of his first impression of Scott. "We put him on the backburner. When we went down to Western in April, we had seven or eight guys work out for us, and he was really good for us that day."

Mohns is impressed that Scott, who had two catches for 20 yards last week against the Montreal Alouettes, paid attention to detail.

"He studied the playbook and he has not made a lot of mental mistakes," Mohns said. "He has a chance to make the final roster."

Stubler, meanwhile, said he won't add a replacement for running back Andre Durie, who suffered a broken thumb against the Alouettes and will be out indefinitely. The Argos learned last night that Durie will need surgery.

Missing from practice yesterday were receivers Arland Bruce and Obed Cetoute, because of a bruised heel and a muscle pull respectively, but the pair should be back today.


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