The Argonauts’ special teams unit wants to make Marcus Thigpen look ordinary.
While that may seem like a tall order on Friday night at the Rogers Centre, the Argos know they don’t have much choice. If Thigpen, who has scored a touchdown in an unprecedented five different ways in 2010, gets loose, the Argos will be in big trouble.
“He is dangerous and it requires a lot of disciplined play against a guy like that, because he is not necessarily going to go where you want him to go,” Argos special teams co-ordinator Mike O’Shea said. “But nobody is worried. We are just focused.”
Thigpen has scored a touchdown this season on a rush, a reception, a missed field goal return, a kickoff return and a punt return. No Canadian Football League player had scored majors all five ways in one season before Thigpen.
“It’s totally impressive,” Argos special teams captain Bryan Crawford said.
“We have to be relentless in getting everybody to the ball. When you have single tackles, it’s when you can get in trouble. Tackling in packs is how you have success.”
Thigpen and Argos cornerback Byron Parker have crossed paths on the football field previously. Both attended camp with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League in 2009, with Thigpen’s release coming 10 days before Parker was let go to make room for Michael Vick.