Ticats ready for pre-season clash (audio)

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are gearing up for their pre-season opener against Montreal this weekend.

Head coach Kent Austin and his staff are piecing together the lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game at McMaster University.

CHML’s coverage of the game begins with the Pregame Show at 2pm, kickoff is at 3 o’clock.

CLICK HERE for Hamilton’s depth chart.

CLICK HERE for Montreal’s depth chart.

Austin says they are “looking at a couple of different scenarios” in terms of their quarterback rotation.

He says there’s a split amongst the coaches as to which QB should start or get the most reps, but adds they should come to a decision this afternoon.

Quarterback Zach Collaros says he’s “itching to play somebody else beside our defence” as he gets ready to suit up in his first game as a Tiger-Cat.

The 24-year-old pivot says he hasn’t given much thought to donning the Black & Gold uniform for the first time in a game, instead he’s been “focusing on every day at practice, and at night preparing for the next day, so I haven’t really played it out yet.”

Collaros says the biggest eye opener since training camp began earlier this month has been the volume of offensive plays that he and his teammates have studied and practised.

Finding cohesion with the receiving corps is “very important,” according QB Dan LeFevour, who is entering his third season with Hamilton.

He says “everyone is excited, they’re ready to get going and it is going to be a lot of fun.”

Ticats fans can expect to see many unfamiliar names on Saturday.

Austin says “we’re going to see a lot of the young guys” playing against the Alouettes at Ron Joyce Stadium.

Al’s receiver Chad Johnson will not play in Saturday’s game after the former NFL Star hurt his ankle at practice this week.

Johnson, formerly Chad Ochocinco, signed with Montreal during the off-season.

CFL teams will make their first round of mandated roster cuts on Sunday, leaving each team with 65 players.

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