TORONTO - Sammy Tranks persevered and now he’s getting his chance.
And the early reviews thus far are all positive.
Tranks replaced Brandon Rideau in the lineup on Saturday and caught three passes for 48 yards and the only touchdown via the air by the Argos.
It was that touchdown — a 22-yard pass-and-run play with Tranks leaving Jovon Johnson looking for his jock with a move that allowed the first-year Argo to run into the end zone for his first-ever score in the CFL — that has people talking.
Tranks opened eyes during training camp, but an injury kept him from making any kind of early impact. Given a start Saturday, Tranks gave the Argos the kind of speed and moves after the catch that can only help an offence that badly needs a boost.
“People from the outside looking in think I’m fast,” Tranks said. “Me personally, I don’t think I’m that fast but speed is definitely important in my game.”
It certainly was on that play as Johnson, no slouch in the speed department himself, came up to make the tackle and wound up grasping at nothing but air when he guessed inside and Tranks jumped outside.
Offensive co-ordinator Jaime Elizondo says it’s Tranks’ balance that separates him from the pack.
“He has great balance to get in and out of a cut,” Elizondo said. “He has great ability to sink his hips, which when you make a change in direction is huge.”
Dalton Bell, who was on the launching end of that touchdown pass, couldn’t have been happier for Tranks.
“He’s been here since training camp working his rear off,” Bell said. “He had a little injury but he stuck around ... You can’t have a better guy around.”