Eppele enjoyed first practice with Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:00 AM ET

TORONTO - Joe Eppele felt right at home in his first official workout with the Argonauts.

The Argos’ first pick, second overall, in the CFL Canadian draft in May, is a native of Vancouver who spent four years at Washington State.

In other words, Eppele, an offensive lineman, knows all about playing in a driving rain.

“I loved it,” Eppele, 22, said. “As soon as the rain started, I had a big smile on my face and probably picked up my step.”

Wearing No. 59, Eppele was easy to spot during the practice at Huron Park, given his 6-foot-7, 309-pound body. Whether Eppele can do enough to separate himself from the pack and get a starting job on the O-line will be revealed in the next few weeks.

He will give it his best shot.

“I’m going to have that mentality on every snap,” Eppele said. “I am telling myself I want to be in there and be a starter. But at this point, it’s a little early to say.”

Eppele figured on having first-round company at camp. But that changed recently when linebacker Cory Greenwood, taken third overall by Toronto, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“There were a lot of nerves being associated with the first day, but I think I did well,” Eppele said.


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