Argos rookie learning the ropes

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

Spencer Watt is returning to a familiar place, a place he once called his football home and a place that remains home.

"If there was one game I was able to play in this season, this is the game," said Watt, a North Vancouver native who played his collegiate football at Simon Fraser University. "It's an exciting time, being able to go back home and have friends and family watch me as a pro."

The rookie Argos receiver is learning the ropes as he makes that jump from university to the pro level.

Watt has the physical skills, but it's the mental aspect rookies of Watt's ilk must tackle and master.

"The game speed is much quicker at this level, but the biggest adjustment is getting in tune with the game mentally," said Watt.

"It's a big step. At this level, it's an intimidating environment, but the vets have brought me along."

Watts, who doesn't turn 22 until December, is the youngest player on the Argos roster.

There's no shortage of those helping Watt in his progression as a pro, but he admits fellow receivers Chad Lucas and Jeremaine Copeland have been among the most influential.

Harrington's honour

The team's alumni association has announced that defensive end Ed (Hercules) Harrington will be honoured as an all-time Argo during halftime of Winnipeg's visit on Sept. 19, becoming the 21st player to have his name lifted to the stadium rafters.

Harrington and Leo Cahill will be available at Gate 9 for about 45 minutes beginning at 11:45 a.m. to meet fans.

"Ed Harrington was one of the most complete football players I've ever been around,'' alumni president Pete Martin remarked. "He could play on both sides of the ball, and probably would have if Leo Cahill had asked him, and gave everything he had on every down.

"He was a good teammate who was intensely competitive on the field and a mild-mannered community leader off the field. His character and play embodied Argonauts football, which is why he is so deserving of this honour."

Copeland update

Jim Barker likes the fact that his injured starting slotback is able to practise, but he's not going to risk any further damage to Copeland by having the veteran take part in any hitting.

"He's wearing a red jersey for a reason,'' Barker said of Copeland's appearance at practice. "We don't want anyone to hit him."

Red jerseys at practice are normally worn by quarterbacks.

Copeland injured his elbow in a win over Montreal on Aug. 14.

He hasn't played since, but Barker has targeted the team's visit to Moncton on Sept. 26 as a potential return for Copeland.


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