Better late than never for Tremblay

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

As the football fates would have it, the end of the regular season will usher in the beginning to Jean-Frederic Tremblay's pro career.

The affable Argo, whose future was uncertain after yet another hamstring injury a few months ago, is scheduled to make his CFL debut this Thursday when the Argos play host to the Montreal Alouettes in the season finale.

For Tremblay, the opportunity could not have arrived at a more appropriate time. As a kid growing up in Quebec City, the Laval product became a big booster of the Als.

Tremblay, 24, will have a few friends in attendance at the SkyDome for his coming-out party, while his family back in Quebec intends on providing moral support.

Given the remarkable events of Tremblay's troublesome left hamstring, the rookie receiver is just grateful for the chance to suit up.

"If you had asked me three months ago if I'd be playing football, I wouldn't have believed it," Tremblay said yesterday following a light practice at the Argos' Erindale facility. "To be playing against Montreal is an added bonus. It's very exciting."

Tremblay wasn't so enthused when he tore his left hamstring the first week of training camp. It was the fifth such tear -- each in the exact same spot -- during his football career.

PROVIDE DEPTH

The Argos used the seventh overall pick on the 6-foot-1 Tremblay hoping he would provide depth at receiver. The book on Tremblay, who will wear No. 82, is that he's fast, versatile and sure-handed.

At one point, Tremblay's injury woes had him seriously pondering throwing in the towel on football and returning home to complete his business degree. But at the urging of the Argos, Tremblay returned to Toronto and, after consulting with team doctors, learned his hamstring problem was actually rooted in the area around his gluteus maximus, or buttocks. What doctors discovered was that area was weak, forcing his leg muscle to overcompensate.

"When I hurt my hamstring in camp, I thought it was the end of the world," Tremblay said. "All I think now is the present moment and I appreciate every minute."

Because the Argos have a home playoff matchup against Hamilton assured, head coach Pinball Clemons plans on resting some veterans against Montreal and wants to showcase Tremblay at slotback, wideout and on special teams.

ARGO NOTE

As expected, kicker Dan Giancola has rejoined the team and will dress this week. The Argos, who won't have incumbent Noel Prefontaine (hip pointer), will use both Giancola and Chris Hardy in their kicking game.


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