Ticats to Als: Avon's calling

Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Avon Cobourne is tackled by Montreal Alouettes linebacker Brian...

Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Avon Cobourne is tackled by Montreal Alouettes linebacker Brian Ridgeway during the first half of their CFL pre-season football game in Hamilton June 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:29 PM ET

Avon Cobourne can be an emotional person.

Follow him on twitter (@AvonCobourne) and it’s probable you will get a glimpse.

But Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille has no interest in putting the reins on Cobourne when the Ticats play host to the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night.

Cobourne spent the past five seasons with the Als, winning two Grey Cups, and will face his former teammates for the first time.

“Some players play better when they are angry or emotional,” Bellefeuille said after practice on Tuesday. “He is one of those guys who thrives off that energy, and our team thrives off that energy. It’s not a situation I am going to try to temper.”

Cobourne signed as a free agent with the Ticats in February and in a victory against the B.C. Lions last week, recorded his first two touchdowns in black and gold.

Anything planned for his first game against the organization that groomed him?

“Nothing special,” the running back said with a small smile that indicated otherwise. “Just do what I do, make plays.”

And as for the status of Montreal star quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who missed part of a loss Sunday night against Saskatchewan with blurred vision, Bellefeuille has no doubt that Calvillo will be on the 42-man roster at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

“He will play, 100%,” Bellefeuille said.


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