Baseball players are called the boys of summer.
But one definite sign that summer is right around the corner is the start of CFL training camps.
Teams around the league have launched into their power practices, or two-a-days, team meetings and film sessions.
With massive playbooks in hand, players from B.C. to Montreal are trying to impress their coaches enough to give them a shot.
Here in Hamilton, the Ticats have kicked off another camp at McMaster University.
Although this year’s edition has a different feel to it compared to the last handful of years.
Hamilton has a new offensive coordinator and o-line coach, star QB Zach Collaros is not on the field as he rehabs his injured ACL, and even kick returner Brandon Banks was forced to miss day one due to “family issues.”
There will be a bunch of new starters on this year’s Ticats squad, especially on defence.
And Hamilton will also have a new kicker this year too.
Given all of that, I think this year’s training camp is the most important one the Cats have held in many years.
Who starts at QB until Zach returns… what will the d-line, linebacking corps and secondary look like… and who replaces Justin Medlock?
Those questions will be answered in time, but if the Ticats want to compete for the cup, they need to ace that test.