McCollough the new defensive playmaker

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

TORONTO - About the only time Evan McCollough ponders his presence in the Argos’ defensive backfield is when someone broaches the subject.

But the more big plays the starting halfback makes, the more times someone approaches him offering words of praise.

While a lot has gone wrong for the 2-8 Argos, a lot has gone right for McCollough, who helped seal Toronto’s win over Saskatchewan on Aug. 18, a win that ended a six-game losing streak.

Without much fanfare, McCollough is slowly replacing Byron Parker as the resident playmaker on defence, the next step involving returning a turnover for a touchdown.

“I’ve never gotten into how I’ve been playing,’’ said McCollough. “I just look at it as me making plays and helping the team win games.

“It’s never crossed my mind thinking what kind of year I’ve been having.”

In B.C. last week, McCollough recovered a Geroy Simon fumble Parker forced near the Argos goalline, later intercepting a pass in the end zone that negated a Lions score.

Having missed three games with a hamstring injury, McCollough returned for T.O.’s home game versus Saskatchewan, a game that saw the visitors stage a valiant fourth-quarter comeback after trailing 24-4 three minutes into the final period.

“The stuff that happened in the fourth quarter (missed coverages and poor communication) won’t happen this week,’’ assured McCollough.

We’ll soon see.


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