The Rouge: Can Smith replace Calvillo for Alouettes?

Ben Fisher,

11/28/2013 4:04:23 PM

If Troy Smith is the man Jim Popp has pegged to replace Anthony Calvillo at quarterback in Montreal, he'll have some big shoes to fill.

Regardless of who is tabbed to replace Calvillo, or at least get first crack at it, there are big shoes to fill.

Calvillo has said he's leaning towards retirement after concussion troubles likely capped a brilliant 20-year career as the league's all-time leading passer.

The five-time league All-Star also has three Grey Cup rings and was three-times named the league's Most Outstanding Player.

Steering clear of those lofty standards for the time being, can Smith be the guy to lead Montreal back to the top of the East Division?

In his four game audition for the role of successor (three regular season contests and the Eastern Semi-Final), the former Heisman Trophy winner had middling numbers, averaging 231 yards per game with 2.25 touchdowns to one interception and a 54 percent completion rate.

He was the team's third fill-in after Montreal grew tired of both Josh Nieswander's and Tanner Marsh's uneven play.

Smith gave the Als a chance to win in each of his starts, finishing with a 2-2 record, but fell short of other first-time starters like Zach Collaros and Bo Levi Mitchell in their stints this season.

Smith was short on preparation time as well however, being signed in mid-August, only two months before his first start; a full off-season and training camp will serve the former NFLer well.

The Rouge asks: Is Troy Smith the guy to replace Anthony Calvillo in Montreal? As always, it's Your! Call.