TORONTO -- Tyler Ebell has downloaded approximately 4,200 songs to his iPod.
That he probably could warble the majority of them note for note should indicate the kind of off-season the Argonauts running back endured.
Acquired from the Edmonton Eskimos in February of 2008 to bring a spark to the Argos' running game, Ebell didn't play a down last season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon during practice on his birthday, last June 4.
After months of slow days filled with rehabilitation, and with his earbuds planted firmly, to say Ebell will be full of energy when training camp opens for veterans in eight days would be selling his outlook short.
"I'm beyond ready to get this started," Ebell, 25, said.
"I've been feeling really good for about two or three months. Sitting out for a whole year was not fun, but the hardest part was watching the losing (during the Argos' 4-14 season). I can't see any reason why I won't be cleared for camp."
Walking, plyometrics, stretching, balancing -- all of it and more in daily doses helped Ebell return to health.
Ebell rushed for 650 yards as a rookie with the Eskimos in 2007.
"Before he (suffered) the injury, our hopes were that he would be one of our key players in the backfield," Argos assistant GM Greg Mohns said of Ebell. "Now, we won't know until the next three weeks have passed whether he can be that guy."