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Has the magic worn off for Toronto’s Trevor Harris?

Much talk around the CFL this season has been expended on the amount of roadblocks thrown in the way of the Toronto Argonauts. With only three true home games so far this season, the tough travel may have finally caught up with the Argos, who have now played four games in seventeen days.

Now sitting at 9-7 following a 34-2 stomping at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes, things could be a whole lot worse. Toronto came into the season with fourteen new starters, so credit needs to be given to general manager Jim Barker and head coach Scott Milanovich for finding quality talent that can overcome adversity.

Ricky Ray saw his first game action of the season while the Argos were down 28-2, so it’s possible Milanovich has to make a very tough decision: Who to start at quarterback?

Ray has been on the Argos depth chart since September but hasn’t seen any game action until now. It was repeatedly said that his shoulder wasn’t as strong as he wanted it to be and he was still working up to 100%. Milanovich has been giving Trevor Harris multiple votes of confidence, leading many to believe that Ray may not be an Argo next year, healthy or not.

Maybe Brandon McDonald is onto something here. Is having a healthy future Hall of Fame quarterback in Ricky Ray at backup putting too much pressure on Trevor Harris? Since throwing for five touchdowns on October 6th, Harris has completed 67% of his passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns against five interceptions over three games.

Ray entered Friday’s game against Montreal when the game was out of reach and had nearly identical numbers to Harris in completing 12 of his 15 pass attempts for 107 yards. Maybe we should be giving the Alouettes credit here as they kept their slim playoff hopes alive by only giving up a safety all game long.

While Toronto lost to Montreal, BC ended up destroying Hamilton, 40-13, to keep first in the East in reach for the Argos. They will return home to Rogers Centre for presumably their last two games ever in that stadium against BC and Winnipeg, respectively.

– written by Travis Currah