Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argos' McEwen Looking Forward to Playing before Friends and Family in Calgary

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argos' McEwen Looking Forward to Playing before Friends and Family in Calgary

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McEwen looking forward to play before family

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TORONTO - Sean McEwen is looking forward to mixing a little pleasure with business this weekend to Calgary.

On Saturday night, the six-foot-three, 297-pound centre will play before friends and family when the Toronto Argonauts visit the Calgary Stampeders.

McEwen, 24, is a Calgary native who played collegiately for the Calgary Dinos before being selected in the first round, fourth overall, by Toronto in the 2015 CFL draft. But McEwen put his pro career on hold, returning to school for his final year of CIS eligibility.

"I was just kind of finishing off my eligibility and my schooling and putting that chapter of my life behind me," McEwen said. "I was closing that door before I was ready to open the professional one.

"It's always exciting when my family and friends are in the stands supporting me. It's always a great time."

But McEwen doesn't feel any extra pressure playing at home.

"Not at all," he said. "Whether it's Calgary, B.C. or wherever, I like to go in with the same mindset.

"It's a business trip for me, I want to play as hard and fast as I can all the time."

It's the second meeting this month between the two clubs. Calgary (6-1-1) earned a 41-24 win over Toronto (4-5) at BMO Field on Aug. 3.

"Their defence has many different looks and executes its schemes extremely well," McEwen said. "Obviously they have some very good athletes doing it and have been together for quite some time.

"If we want to have success we have to be able to execute our schemes and play together as a unit."

It's been a meteoric rise for McEwen, who started 13 games with Toronto as a rookie. But McEwen said his tenure at Calgary prepared him for professional football.

"Mentally and physically," he said. "I learned many great veterans then kind of moved my way into a veteran role and kept getting better each year.

"The coaches do a great job of preparing you for pro football."

Marc Trestman, Toronto's first-year head coach, marvels at McEwen's quick transition to the pro game. …

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