Tranks eager to please

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:15 AM ET

TORONTO - Sammy Tranks is familiar with playing out of the spotlight where nobody knows your name.

“A thousand times, I’ve had to explain that,” said the Argonauts’ receiver-in-waiting Thursday, “when I say I went to Seton Hill, everyone thinks I’m talking about Seton Hall. I’m not. It’s a Division 2 school in Pennsylvania.”

Someday, Tranks will not have to explain himself.

“There’s a good chance he’ll play. Hopefully it’s the start of a wonderful career for him,” said Toronto head coach Jim Barker on Thursday. Tranks, who scored a touchdown in the Argos’ season opener, is expected to start in place of Andre Durie, hobbled with a sore hip.

Tranks impressed with his debut, and also caught three more passes in Toronto’s second game, before going onto the practice roster. “I want to see Sammy. He’s been great on our scout teams but there’s a big difference between playing on the scout teams and playing against the big boys,” said Barker, “but I want to see what kind of player we have in him.”

Tranks is low-key. He talks about how much he’s learned since turning pro this spring and how much he appreciates being able to live the life of a professional football player. “Some would think the touchdown would be (the highlight) but actually for me it’s just the day-in, day-out practices, working on my game, learning to read coverages and being able to do what I do.”

He’s looking forward to playing. “But I’m pretty laid back. Nothing really knocks me off my square. This is the fun part. The hard part was getting here.”

A TIME OUT

Linebacker Jason Pottinger took the day off practice but will start Saturday. “He’s fine. I don’t want him practicing all three days.” said Barker. Pottinger returned from knee surgery after it was expected he’d miss the season. “I never had a guy playing before without an ACL so we’re trying to figure it out what the best load is. practising all three days is not. I know that.”

NO BIG WHOOP

Barker doesn’t believe Ejiro Kuale’s talk of a guaranteed win is going to be much inspiration for the Ticats. “If that motivates them, then knock yourself out. I’m not big on that stuff. All that bulletin board stuff, if it takes that to get them ready then God bless ’em. I don’t think its something that makes them play harder. It’s just something that plauyers do,” said Barker. “Every player believes they’re going to win. It’s good media stuff.”


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