Andrus eager to get season going

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

The countdown to kickoff excites rookie head coach Bart Andrus.

This from a guy whose team has yet to identify its full-time punter/kicker.

The Argos also are a team which welcomed back a retired player to handle the long snapping duties when no one was capable of performing a task that is often taken for granted.

To make matters worse, veteran receiver Andre Talbot (back) and linebacker Zeke Moreno (Achilles) are nursing injuries, while playmaker Arland Bruce III is hobbled with an undisclosed ailment.

"There aren't too many times in your life when you have a first in a career and I'm really looking forward to it,'' Andrus said in anticipation of tomorrow's regular-season opener against the Tiger-Cats at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium .

Outside of his wife joining the rookie field boss of the Boatmen, Andrus isn't planning anything special for the occasion.

With so much newness on the Argos, Andrus would like nothing more than to escape Ivor Wynne Stadium with a win, but he isn't going to lose sight of the team's philosophy.

"I can't ever remember losing a game and not feeling bad about it,'' he said.

"Our philosophy as things get exposed is how do we adjust? How do we correct it and can we correct it immediately?"

A dandy in Randy

A minister by trade, Randy Srochenski has made long snapping an art form.

To no one's surprise, the Argos lured, for the second time, the 15-year veteran out of retirement.

The man known as Scorch practised for the first time yesterday and will dress tomorrow.

Leaders of the pack

Kerry Joseph (offence), Kevin Eiben (defence) and Bryan Crawford (special teams) have been voted by the players as team captains.

Hammering Hank

Legendary punter Hank Ilesic was a guest at yesterday's practice.

He's in great shape and may even be good enough to push Justin Medlock and Eddie Johnson, the two Argos hopefuls competing for one job.


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