It was at last year's CFL training camp that football fortunes started to turn for Spergon Wynn.
He dropped from backing up B.C. Lions' starting quarterback Dave Dickenson to No. 3 behind Casey Printers, and he languished there all season.
The Leos dealt Wynn to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for a conditional draft pick to give him a better opportunity but he is fighting for that No. 2 slot behind Kevin Glenn with the highly-touted Tee Martin here.
"That situation was really unique (in B.C.)," said Wynn, 26. "It was handled really well. I haven't been here long enough to see any real similarity between that and this one here. This is kind of a fresh start and guys are in really good competition here."
It must have been frustrating to watch that season-long quarterback controversy and not be a part of it.
"It was only frustrating in the sense that I didn't get a chance to do anything as far as getting on the field," said Wynn, who threw only 21 passes for 268 yards last year. "So, that is kind of frustrating when you want to help the team and you don't really get a chance to."
SHOW HIS SKILLS
The Bombers want to give Wynn the chance to show the kind of skills that led to completing 46 of 85 passes for 626 yards and four touchdowns in eight games for the Leos in 2003. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound Houston, Texas, native, who started two games for the NFL Minnesota Vikings in 2001, is poised to sign a contract extension with Winnipeg.
"We knew when we traded for Spergon, he would come in and be a very good addition," said Bomber head coach Jim Daley. "He's paid two years' of dues to learn this (CFL) game, which is such a different game (than NFL).
"He's a take-charge guy and has leadership skills -- they're surfacing very, very quickly."
Wynn, however, is now on a new learning curve.
"I was more familiar with the system in B.C.," he said. "This is a little more mentally challenging, but it's good work. The weather's been nice and it's lovely. We're having a good time out here, we're working hard and looking forward to a good year."
Wynn also comes to camp after winning Damon Allen's skills competition in Toronto last month, where most of the CFL's top quarterbacks competed.
"Yeah but, that was for fun, this is for work," said Wynn, who roomed with Glenn there. "Winning that was great and everything but in no way does that mean that my skills are better than anyone else's. It was just going out there, having fun, throwing the ball around and hitting bull's-eyes."
If he keeps hitting bull's-eyes here, some believe that Wynn could earn a starting role in the near future.
"It's all good," he said of the competition in camp. "We want to get the best guys out there so, we want to raise our level of play. We've got to go out there and compete. That's what camp is about."
Although Martin wore No. 13 last year, Wynn was able to snag it this season.
"I don't know how that got worked out," he said. "I think Tee Martin switched so I was happy to have it. It's my old number and I'm used to it so, I felt good."