May 28, 2015
By Curtis Rush
Trevor Harris is a fun-loving, God-fearing, wisecracking quarterback.
He’s also wearing a new label: No. 1 quarterback of the Toronto Argonauts. At least for now.
“For now” are the words used by head coach Scott Milanovich because he’s not ruling out an amazing comeback by Ricky Ray from rotator cuff surgery.
Harris is now the guy. Over the early part of the season, he will attempt to solidify that position and the coach’s trust in him. In his only CFL start last season against the Ottawa Redblacks, in Argos’ final game, he completed 26 of 36 passes for 281 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
At Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania, Harris holds every school single game, single season and career passing record in attempts, completions and yards.
Harris isn’t young by CFL standards. At 29, he is entering his fourth season with the Argos. Behind Harris on the depth charts are third-year Argo Mitchell Gale and Logan Kilgore, who joined the Argos late last season.
Harris has put the work in and he’s serious about trying to become the best quarterback he can be. He’s his own worst critic and still can’t forgive himself for forcing a throw that led to an interception against the Redblacks.
He’s not so serious about real life.
What would you expect from a guy whose best friend on the team is the loose, easygoing Swayze Waters, the kicker and punter who was named last season as the league’s most outstanding special teams player?
Harris, from Waldo, Ohio, and Waters, from Jackson, Miss., immediately hit it off a few years ago.
Harris and Waters laugh together and pray together. They are both very spiritual and are among a group of Argonauts who attend regular prayer sessions.
For Harris and Waters, their spiritual side is offset by their fun-loving nature.
Last season, during an off day, Waters went to a goat farm because he has a fascination with goats, and has come to enjoy the nutritional value of goat’s milk.
Harris’ idea of fun is catching people, such as his girlfriend, off guard.
Last Thursday, he proposed to Kalie Denton while disguised in a wildcat mascot costume in a gym full of teachers.
He and Denton, a schoolteacher back in Ohio, went together in high school, split for seven years, then began seeing each other again this off-season. Harris hatched a plan to propose to her at a surprise school assembly.
The school’s mascot was there, but after taking pictures of the wildcat, the teachers were told the mascot wanted to dance with them.
“So I went up there and started dancing with the teachers,” Harris explained. Then he took Denton’s arm and danced with her.
When it seemed like the right moment, he took the mascot head off, and got down on one knee and proposed.
Denton was stunned, and cupped her face with her hands in shock and joy. She said yes.
At some point, Harris will bring his girlfriend to Toronto to meet Waters and his wife, Kendal.
At this point, Harris and Denton don’t have a wedding date. Harris is letting her take the lead on this one.
“I told her, I did my part,” Harris said. “Tell me when you want me to be there and I’ll be there. She’s the boss now, so whatever she says.”
The Argos have signed six-foot-five, 270-pound defensive lineman Daryl Waud of Western, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 CFL draft, who recently attended mini-camp with the NFL’s Washington Redskins. They also signed Blake Sims, a six-foot, 208-pound QB who played with the Alabama Crimson Tide.