Rider QB backs Joseph

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

REGINA -- Darian Durant wants to beat his former mentor tonight, but at the same time is in Kerry Joseph's corner.

Joseph caused a stink this week when he publicly questioned the decision of Argonauts head coach Bart Andrus to not name a starting quarterback until yesterday.

"You need the game plan reps, you need to know what is going on," Durant, the starting quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, said. "It's better to know if you are starting because you can prepare yourself mentally and physically."

Durant was one of Joseph's understudies when the latter was with Saskatchewan in 2006 and 2007.

"You see how strong he was, especially in '06," Durant said. "He came back in '07 and won a Grey Cup. (In 2006) everybody wanted him out of town. To see a brother-like figure like Kerry bounce back is an inspiration."

More Kerry? Andrus was not ready to say Joseph will start again next week.

"You would like to think he will take this opportunity and run with it," Andrus said. "But who is to say? Do I have the confidence that he can and will? Yeah, I do. But for me to predict what is going to happen next week, I don't know."

Shell meets snow

With snow, wind and temperatures being forecast for game time tonight, Argos equipment manager Danny Webb packed polypropylene underwear, balaclavas, toques and hot packs for the players.

Rookie defensive back Lin-J Shell will need the warm clothes. Shell, who was born in Orlando and played college ball at Jacksonville University, never had so much as seen snow until yesterday. A dusting covered the ground for the Argos' walk-through.

"This is pretty cool," Shell said, not ironically. "I love it. I'm used to the heat or maybe a cool breeze at night."


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