Toronto Argonauts





Marvin Graves - Quarterback - 1994-95 - Syracuse


Graves ready and eager to lead Argos against Ottawa - Canada Press - 13-09-1994

Marvin Graves has two words for the Toronto Argonauts: "I'm ready."

The 23-year-old rookie quarterback from the University of Syracuse should get the starting assignment on Sunday against the Ottawa Rough Riders now that Mike Kerrigan is sidelined with a bruised bone in his right shoulder.

"You don't like to see something like that happen to Mike Kerrigan," Graves said. "But in this game, those things happen.

"When you're a backup quarterback, you always know you're one snap away from playing."

Graves was a backup quarterback for all of about four days. The Argos traded their former backup, Reggie Slack, to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week, moving Graves to the No. 2 position from No. 3.

Now Graves is No. 1. Erik White was moved off the injured list after the trade to take over the No. 3 quarterbacking spot. Now he's No. 2.

"We've got two young quarterbacks we've been tutoring and bringing along since Day 1," said Argo coach Bob O'Billovich. "Now, we'll get to see what they've learned."

Graves made a few mistakes in Sunday's 28-18 loss to the Lions and took responsibility for them after the game. A fumbeld hand-off to Duane Forde on his first possession led to a field goal. The next time Toronto got the ball, Graves was intercepted and B.C. eventually scored a touchdown.

"It's hard to accept losing," Graves said. "I'll never accept it. I'll try to build on the positive."

O'Billovich stuck with Graves for the second half, and he responded with two big touchdown passes, one an 85-yarder to Jeff Fairholm.

"He kept his poise," O'Billovich said of Graves.

Slotback Bobby Gordon said it makes no difference to the receiving corps which quarterback throws the ball.

"Marvin throws a nice ball," Gordon said. "As long as you run your pattern, it shouldn't really matter."

Graves scrambles better than Kerrigan. He ran three times for 27 yards against B.C. And his teammates seem to welcome his arrival as a starter.

"We have confidence in him and he has total confidence in us," said centre Carl Coulter, responsible for most of the snaps back to the quarterback. "It's just a matter of us getting repetitions together and coming together as unit.

"He's a good guy, he communicates well in the huddle. I have no problem at all. Once he gets some experience, he'll be fine."

Graves acknowledged he might go through some growing pains.

"There's a difference in looking at defences from the sidelines and looking at them head on," Graves said. "But it's time for me to step up and prepare myself as a starter."

Marvin Graves would lead the Argonauts to the playoffs in 1994 where they would lose to Baltimore in the East Semi-Final. After the acquisition of Kent Austin in 1995 he would see limited action and leave the team after that season. After spending some time with Hamilton and Saskatchewan in 1996 and Montreal in 1997 he would be out of football before returning with the Saksatchewan Roughriders spending the first portion of the 2001 season as the teams starting quarterback.


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Marvin Graves       Syracuse
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1994 Tor 230 119 1888 51.7 11 9 67
1995 Tor 113 52 735 46.0 4 6 68
1996 Ham 54 29 325 53.7 2 4 49
Ssk 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1997 Mtl 72 43 568 59.7 3 5 45
2000 Ssk 77 43 667 55.8 6 2 48
2001 Ssk 200 109 1534 54.5 8 9 78
Total 7 749 395 5,717 52.7 34 35 78


Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1994 Tor 21 82 3.9 23 1
1995 Tor 8 2 0.3 3 1
1996 Ham 5 22 4.4 9 0
Ssk 1 6 6.0 6 0
1997 Mtl 9 24 2.7 7 1
2000 Ssk 10 44 4.4 17 1
2001 Ssk 24 50 2.1 9 0
Total 7 78 230 2.9 23 4






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