Argos spin Webb for Eskies

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agecy

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

TORONTO - Dee Webb has an Arena Bowl championship, the memories of a season playing for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and once suited up as a two-year starter with the mighty Gators of Florida.

“You reminisce, especially when the season starts and you see that orange and blue. Me, playing in front of 90,000-plus. Yeah,” says Webb, laughing, “I miss that.”

Webb will not be playing in front of 90,000 fans Friday when he is expected to make his first start as a member of the Toronto Argonauts. But, in many ways, it will be just as satisfying for the 25-year-old CFL rookie.

With the Toronto secondary eaten up with injuries, Webb will move from his backup role, replacing defensive back Evan McCollough. Also expected to miss the game is defensive back Lin-J Shell and linebacker Anthony Cannon.

“We know (Edmonton quarterback) Ricky Ray is going to throw it in tight spots. We need to be on the very top of our game in the secondary,” said head coach Jim Barker. Webb also faces an outstanding receiving corps that includes Fred Stamps, the CFL’s leading receiver with 22 catches for 477 yards and four touchdowns. Then there is Jason Barnes, who can be, as Barker notes, “phenomenal”.

But is Webb worried. Not so as you’d notice. “I love this, competing with the fellas, doin’ what I love, and making some money.”

And, when he wants to relax there’s always Twitter. He’s smitten. Obsessed some might say. Webb just laughs. “Hey, I’m a long way from home. I just like to keep my fans (in Jacksonville) updated.”


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