Tremblay set for anything

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

Finally, Jean-Frederic Tremblay does not feel hamstrung by his left hamstring.

The second-year Argos receiver, who aggravated a troublesome left hamstring problem in training camp, will dress for only the second time in his career tomorrow night in Montreal against the Alouettes.

The native of Quebec City will dress as a backup receiver. Fellow Canadian Michael Palmer starts in place of the injured Arland Bruce III (adductor).

"I'm surprised," said the personable Tremblay, who was scrambling for tickets yesterday so his relatives could make the three-hour drive from Quebec City. "I thought Arland would be all right at start of the week. It's my chance. It's the second time I've played, the second time against Montreal and I'm from Quebec City so that's awesome."

The speedy Tremblay tore his left hamstring for the fifth time of his career in training camp last year after he was selected seventh overall in the Canadian college draft.

Convinced by the Argos to stick it out instead of returning home to finish his business degree, Tremblay returned for the meaningless season finale against the Alouettes last year before re-injuring his hamstring in training camp this year.

He started doing some drills in practice June 27 and looked good on the practice field this week.

"Honestly, I have to admit I am nervous (about the hamstring sometimes)," Tremblay said. "When I am stretching, I try to see everything is all right. I'm almost paranoid sometimes. But when I put my helmet on, I go 100% and I don't think at all about it. I don't slow down to give my hamstring a rest."

When he gets down mentally, Tremblay reminds himself about his 2003 season with the Laval Rouge et Or.

"That year I was 100%, I had no problems at all and we won the Vanier Cup," Tremblay said. "I've tried to focus on that and tell myself I will work my way to a solution and be all right. I have the best coach for that. Pinball (Clemons) is so positive in every aspect of the game and I'm learning a lot."

Tremblay may not receive much playing time tomorrow, but he's ready for anything.

"If they want me to hold (for the kicker), I'll hold," he said.

DID GOOD THINGS

Palmer, meanwhile, did good things the previous time he was pressed into duty With Robert Baker serving a suspension July 9, Palmer caught the winning touchdown pass in a come-from-behind 27-26 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I've just got to go out there and ball out," Palmer said. "That's all that needs to be said. I know my assignments, I know what I'm doing. Now, it's just a matter of executing it and having fun."

Bruce said he hopes to return Monday when the Argos play host to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


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