Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Swayze Waters Anchors All Facets of the Toronto Argonauts Kicking Game

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Veteran Swayze Waters Anchors All Facets of the Toronto Argonauts Kicking Game

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Swayze Waters anchors Argonauts kicking game


TORONTO - They open the season with a new starting quarterback and many questions on defence, but the Toronto Argonauts have no concerns regarding their kicking game.

That's because all three jobs -- field goals, punts and kickoffs -- are handled by veteran Swayze Waters, the CFL's top special-teams performer last season. Waters captured the honour after leading the league in scoring (192 points), field goals made (47), punting (47.7 yards per attempt) and kickoffs (65.2 yards).

"I don't know that I've completely forgotten (the 2014 season) but I'm not living in it anymore," Waters said. "I think having a good season like that gives you confidence and has definitely helped with mine going into this year.

"I know I can put together a complete season in all aspects of the game . . . but at the same time I'm not coming into the season over-confident or arrogant."

With incumbent Ricky Ray (shoulder) on the six-game injured list, Trevor Harris will start at quarterback June 27 when Toronto faces the Edmonton Eskimos in Fort McMurray, Alta. A new-look defence will also sport a different defensive co-ordinator in Casey Creehan, who replaced the departed Tim Burke.

The six-foot, 180-pound Waters was a model of consistency in 2014, hitting 47-of-52 field goals (90.4 per cent) with a league-best 53-yard boot. But the 28-year-old native of Jackson, Miss., says having a short memory is crucial for a kicker.

"It's very important when you're having a bad game or even a good game, really," he said. "It's kind of like golf, you can succeed every play so it's up to you.

"The mental game is definitely a big part of it. I just try to go out, whether I made a 50-yard try or missed a 35-yard attempt, and feel it's a new kick."

Waters is entering his fourth season with Toronto. He joined the club early in the 2012 campaign when incumbent Noel Prefontaine required hip surgery.

But Waters remained Toronto's kicker for its 35-22 Grey Cup win over Calgary at Rogers Centre as Prefontaine handled punting duties upon his return.

Waters has made 91-of-120 career field goals (80.8 per cent) Toronto while sporting a solid 46. …

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