Sam Clemons stood in at quarterback in place of Adam Sandler in the soon-to-be-released remake of "The Longest Yard."
Pike, a second-year Wheeler who has been under center throughout training camp, said he plans to start Sunday, and coach Rick Frazier indicated he "probably" will.
"Pike is our quarterback, but at this stage we are going to practice as if both are playing," Frazier said. "This thing is not going to drag out. We are going to sort it out in the next couple of weeks."
"He can play. I love him," Ingold said. "If I was Rick Frazier right now, I'd be real happy."
Clemons, the 2001 Gateway Conference leader in total offense after transferring to Western Illinois from California, is taking a pay cut of $200 to join the SteamWheelers. AFL practice squad members are paid $400 a week, while af2 players get $200 per game, plus $50 per win.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Clemons said his wasn't a hard decision.
"Playing, period," he said of his motivation for requesting his release from Dallas. "That's the only reason. I thought it would be in my best interest to come down and play."
Under the tutelage of Ingold in Dallas, Clemons was locked behind starter and former Dallas Cowboy Clint Stoerner and former af2 standout and NFL third-stringer Chris Greisen.
He faced a similar situation on the Chicago Rush active squad last year and early this year.
"I was in two tough situations," Clemons said.
Sitting Sunday would be tough, too, he conceded.
"I am here to win, not to watch," he said. "We'll leave it at that."
"Once you have run a couple of arena offenses, it isn't that complicated," he said. "There is only so much you can do. It's just a matter of terminology. (Q-C offensive coordinator Steve) Fickert has a good system here. It's easy to come in and learn."
Landing Clemons completes Frazier's months-long search for a second veteran quarterback. It started when last year's starter, Ronnie Gordon, was signed to an AFL squad last month and then declined to rejoin the Wheelers after being released 10 days ago.
Frazier also talked to former af2 starters Ryan Vena, Harold Arceneaux and Kane Claunch, with no success. He even contacted ex-Wheeler star Tony Zimmerman when he was waived by AFL Nashville last week.
"This kid here," he said of Clemons, "may be the best of the bunch."
Last summer Clemons outdueled 15 other quarterbacks for the right to play Sandler's double during drop backs and passing scenes in the forthcoming "The Longest Yard."
"It's the best offseason job ever," he said last year.
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